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AW symbol on yellow squareBorders Abbeys Way

108 km / 67 miles

A circular route passing the sites and ruins of 12th Century Abbeys and opening up the beauty of the Scottish Borderland. This Way Is steeped in 12th Century history: the time when the Border Abbeys were first established and granted their Royal Charters. The monks knew how to select prime locations, next to the River Tweed and Teviot for their Salmon fishing, and in the fertile plains below the Eildon Hills. The Way starts at Kelso and visits Jedburgh, Hawick, Selkirk and Melrose before returning to Kelso via Dryburgh Abbey.


Path Type: Scotland's Great Trails
Waymark: AW symbol on yellow square Waymark: AW symbol on yellow square
Attributes: Challenging; Moorland; Heritage; Religious
Start and Finish:
NT727337 - Kelso Abbey, Borders
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Web Sites: Scottish Borders Council - Borders Abbeys Way
  Walking Support - Border Abbeys Way
  Contours - Borders Abbeys Way
  Walkhighlands - Borders Abbeys Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Booklet: Border Abbeys Way (Jedburgh Tourist Information Centre - 2008)
Leaflet: Borders Abbeys Way (Jedburgh Tourist Information Centre)
Grid Reference List: Borders Abbeys Way: Grid Reference List (Walking Support - 2007)


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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
  At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 73747980
OS Landranger Active: 73747980
OS Explorer: 16331338339
OS Explorer Active: 16331338339

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers: Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Walking Support)
Support Providers: Guided Walking Holidays (Footpath Holidays)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Beks Treks UK)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Contours Walking Holidays)

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path Along Path
Hostel Accommodation: Melrose YHA, Melrose, Roxburghshire < 1 Km 79 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Melrose YHA, Priorwood, Melrose < 1 Km 79 Km

Connected Paths:

E Routes: E-Route 2 UK Section - Kirk Yetholm to Stranraer
Scotland's Great Trails: Cross Borders Drove Road; Southern Upland Way; St Cuthbert's Way
Significant un-waymarked paths: Central Scottish Way
Other Paths: Gala Circuit; Sir Walter Scott Way; St. Wilfrid's Way


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Route Profile:

107.7 Km (66.9 miles)
1,939 m (6,362 ft) ascent
341 m (1,119 ft)  maximum height