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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 leaflets may be downloaded from the Scottish Borders Council website.

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Path Type
Scotland's Great Trails
Waymark: AW symbol on yellow square
AW symbol on yellow square
Scotland's Great Trails; Moorland; Heritage; Religious
Start and Finish
NT727337 - Kelso Abbey, Borders
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook + Map Flap
Borders Abbeys Way (Rucksack Readers - June 2017)
Borders Abbeys Way (Mike Salter - 2008)
Borders Abbeys Way (Jedburgh Visitor Information Centre)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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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