Borders Abbeys Way

A walk through the heart of Scotland’s Border Towns, visiting the ruins of four great Borders Abbeys.
Borders Abbeys Way Map

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At the start of the 12th century, Scotland experienced a religious revival under King David I. In the Scottish Borders he founded monasteries for the Black Canons of the Augustinian order at Jedburgh, the White Monks of the Cistercian order at Melrose, the White Canons of the Premonstratensian order at Dryburgh and the Black Monks of the Tironensian order at Kelso. Granted massive estates of some of the richest farmland in Scotland, the Border Abbeys prospered until the Wars of Independence with England, which erupted in 1296. During the centuries of conflict that followed, each of the four abbeys was razed and rebuilt several times. The monasteries met their final end in the 1540s during Henry VIII’s ‘rough wooing’. Shortly after this, Scotland went through a religious reformation and they were left to decay.

The Borders Abbeys Way is a circular route linking the four great ruined monasteries at Jedburgh, Melrose, Dryburgh and Kelso. Highlights of the walk include Jedburgh’s vast abbey church; the outstanding sculptural detailing of Melrose Abbey ranging from the statue of the Virgin and Child to humorous gargoyles including a pig playing the bagpipes; the romantic setting and outstanding domestic architecture of Dryburgh Abbey; the wonderful Borders countryside of rounded green hills, wooded riverbanks, pine-scented forests and rich farmland; Mary Queen of Scots’ House, a beautiful 16th century building of rough-hewn stone; Jedburgh Castle Jail, an imposing 19th century Howard Reform prison; the views of Floors Castle, a romantic fairytale castle of turrets, pinnacles and cupolas overlooking the Tweed; the shattered remains of Roxburgh Castle, once the strongest fortress in Scotland; the remarkable stained glass windows of Bedrule Kirk; the riverside paths of the Tweed and the Teviot; the wonderful viewpoints of Black Law, the Bishop’s Stone and Cauldshiels Loch; Abbotsford, the delightful “Conundrum Castle” built by Sir Walter Scott on the banks of the Tweed; and the historic market towns of Melrose, Jedburgh, Selkirk and Kelso.

Holiday Highlights

  • Cherishing the rich farmland and abundant riversides on this gentle walk through Scotland’s Borders.
  • Admiring the fascinating Gothic architecture of Melrose Abbey, including its comical gargoyles.
  • Visiting the pretty market towns of Melrose, Jedburgh and Kelso.

Borders Abbeys Way

A circular walk from Jedburgh through the heart of the Scottish Border towns, villages and abbeys.
Total Distance 68 miles (109 km)
Start and Finish Circular tour beginning at Jedburgh
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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Borders Abbeys Way Floors Castle
Borders Abbeys Way ruins of Melrose Abbey
Borders Abbeys Way Melrose Abbey
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
BAW1 6 nights, 5 days walking £510 per person More Information Book Online
BAW2 7 nights, 6 days walking £600 per person More Information Book Online
BAW3 8 nights, 7 days walking £685 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£30 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
Extra night (St Boswells)
£60 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
BAW1-D 6 nights, 5 days walking £540 per person More Information Book Online
BAW2 -D 7 nights, 6 days walking £635 per person More Information Book Online
BAW3-D 8 nights, 7 days walking £725 per person More Information Book Online
£8 per dog / walking day
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£30 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£55 per person / per night
Extra night (St Boswells)
£65 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Don’t have the time for the complete walk?

If you've only got two or three days to spare, the Borders Abbeys Way Taster Break from Melrose to Jedburgh is a beautiful walk which takes in all four abbeys.


Borders Abbeys Way Taster Breaks

Melrose to Jedburgh visiting the very best of the Borders Abbeys Way.
Borders Abbeys Way Highlights Map

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Total Distance 32 miles (51 km)
Start and Finish Melrose to Jedburgh
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The Borders Abbeys Way Taster Break is a shorter walk that is ideal for those without the time to complete the whole of the Borders Abbeys Way trail. Starting in Melrose, the trail visits all four of the great Abbeys that characterise the route, before continuing along gentle terrain to the market town of Jedburgh.

The town of Melrose, at the foot of the Eildon Hills, is a superbly historical town that is dominated by the ruined Melrose Abbey, thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s Heart. After wandering the ruins and absorbing the fantastic Gothic architecture, the trail follows country lanes and riverside paths to the border town of St Boswells, before reaching Dryburgh Abbey.

Set in woodland alongside the River Tweed, Dryburgh Abbey is particularly peaceful and with its secluded location, is an idyllic spot from which to take a break from your walk. From here, the trail follows the River Tweed to Kelso, an attractive market town with a series of historic sites, including Rennie’s Bridge, Floors Castle, Roxburgh Castle and the Romanesque Kelso Abbey.

The ruins of Kelso Abbey remain testament to the turbulent history as English armies invaded the Scottish Borders throughout the centuries. Despite having been largely destroyed, the ruins still show the fantastic architecture of this once magnificent building.

Next, the trail follows the River Teviot and encounters the Roman Road of Dere Street as it climbs towards Jedburgh and arrives in the pretty town after a short descent. Here, the ruins of the Augustinian Abbey of Jedburgh offer cloisters and herb gardens to explore as you complete this short break along the best of the Borders Abbeys Way.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visiting the four great Borders Abbeys of Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh.
  • Walking through the tranquil countryside, woodland and riverside scenery of the Scottish Borders.
  • Relaxing in the romantic setting of Dryburgh Abbey with the shade of trees and the flowing waters of the River Tweed.
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Borders Abbeys Way Dryburgh Abbey
Borders Abbeys Way deer
Borders Abbeys Way Jedburgh Abbey
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
BAWH1 3 nights, 2 days walking £265 per person More Information Book Online
BAWH2 4 nights, 3 days walking £355 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£30 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
Extra night (St Boswells)
£60 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
BAWH1-D 3 nights, 2 days walking £280 per person More Information Book Online
BAWH2-D 4 nights, 3 days walking £375 per person More Information Book Online
£8 per dog / walking day
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£30 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£55 per person / per night
Extra night (St Boswells)
£65 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.