Spend the days walking over the rolling hills of the Borders and alongside the gently flowing River Tweed. In the evenings enjoy the quiet and historic Border towns with their castles, abbeys and houses. The Scottish Borders are less visited than the Highlands but the area is just as rich in scenery and historic attractions, The walking is area of Scotland that offers the walker the best of both worlds.
|Description||Price per person|
|BT||Peebles||Melrose||4||varied walking/sight-seeing/historic houses||£275|
Day 1. Arrive and stay in the pleasant Borders town of Peebles. Depending on what time you arrive you may want to follow the circular Tweed river walk (4-7 miles) which takes you past Neidpath Castle, upstream from the town.
Day 2. Today's route follows good tracks in the Glentress forest and then along the banks of the River Tweed to Traquair House (said to be the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland) before the final 1 mile walk into to the small village of Innerleithen. (10 miles).
Day 3. The day starts by following the Southern Upland Way fom Innerleithen. This takes you high onto the Minch Moor, along an old drove road to the summits of Brown Knowe and the Three Brethren. Then a descent to the River Ettrick and Selkirk (12 miles).
Day 4. Through rolling countryside and then over the Eildon Hills to Melrose (9 miles). The town is best known for its Cistercian Abbey. Leisurely walks can also be made to Sir Walter Scott's home at Abbotsford, or to the site of the Roman fort at Trimontium.
Extra days. We strongly recommend both Peebles and Melrose for additional nights (from £30 per person per night). Staying an extra day at Innerleithen allows a longer visit to Traquair House & another day in Selkirk enables you to see the Bowhill Country Estate.
Accommodation is based in good B&B's and guest houses, in ensuite rooms where possible. Note that due to difficulties booking accommodation in Peebles and Melrose for just one night on some dates in May, July and August, it may be necessary to have 2 nights in these villages for us to be able to arrange the holiday.
Start: Hourly bus service from Edinburgh to Peebles (takes about an hour, costs about £5).