Borders Abbeys Way

Borders Abbeys Way

A circular walking holiday exploring the historic ruins of four Scottish border abbeys.

6 to 8 nights
68 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £660 per person

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About this route

The full Borders Abbeys Way trail traverses 68 mile. It's a circular route, starting and ending in the market town of Jedburgh. As well as the four magnificent abbeys at Jedburgh, Melrose, Dryburgh and Kelso, the walk also takes in plenty of other historic sites, as well as a variety of charming towns and villages, each with its own unique character to uncover and history to share.

The scenery of the Scottish Borders complements this walk perfectly, boasting views of green hills, quiet forests and sparkling waters, providing a stunning backdrop to a truly fantastic holiday option.




© Contours Walking Holidays Borders Abbeys Way map
Circular trail beginning at Jedburgh
68 miles (109 km)
1st April to 30th September

Holiday highlights

Admiring the Gothic gargoyles of Melrose Abbey, including a pig playing the bagpipes.

Visiting the bustling market towns of Melrose, Jedburgh and Kelso, all alive with independent shops and brilliant eateries.

Looking out at the fairytale turrets and pinnacles of Floors Castle.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
BAW1 A circular trail beginning at Jedburgh 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding£660
BAW2 A circular trail beginning at Jedburgh 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£770
BAW3 A circular trail beginning at Jedburgh 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate£880

Borders Abbeys Way 6 nights, 5 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Jedburgh where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Jedburgh to Hawick. 14 miles (22.5km)

Day 2

Hawick to Selkirk. 12.5 miles (20km)

Day 3

Selkirk to Melrose. 10.5 miles (17km)

Day 4

Melrose to Kelso. 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 5

Kelso to Jedburgh. 13.5 miles (21.5km)


Depart from Jedburgh after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 6 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Jedburgh is an attractive town with many interesting sites of historic interest ranging from its magnificent abbey to Jedburgh Castle Jail and Mary Queen of Scots House.

Hawick is a good choice for a rest day if you wish to shop for luxury knitwear at its many factory outlets while Selkirk is another pleasant Borders town with two fascinating museums (Halliwell's House Museum and Walter Scott's Courtroom).

Melrose is the loveliest of all the Borders towns. It is a charming mix of delightful little shops, narrow streets, Georgian and Victorian facades and the best of the Border abbeys.

Kelso is a picturesque little town with cobbled streets leading into a wide market square bounded by elegant three-storey townhouses and shops. Floors Castle, the vast ancestral home of the Duke of Roxburghe is about a twenty-minute walk from the town.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 68 miles (109 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10.5 miles (17 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17.5 miles (28 km)
Code: BAW1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 1st April - 30th September
Start of holiday: Jedburgh
End of holiday: Jedburgh

Route Profile

Borders Abbeys Way Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Edinburgh and Newcastle.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to Jedburgh is Tweedbank (about 15 miles away).

By Bus - There is a bus service between Tweedbank and Jedburgh.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Tweedbank. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Jedburgh.

Return To The Start - The Border Abbeys Way is a circular tour beginning and ending in Jedburgh.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Routes on this trail

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3 to 4 nights
31 miles
Moderate / Demanding+
Dog friendly
From £340 per person
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Customer reviews from the Borders Abbeys Way

“Impressively well organised!”
Ms Hackett, UK
“An extremely well organised trip RE”
Mr Mcghie, UK
“Everything worked perfectly and we had a fantastic time.”
Mr Robinson, UK
“We had a wonderful time... thoroughly enjoyed the three days walking.”
Mrs Kasper, Switzerland
"River Teviot at Kelso" by Maria Brancho (2019) "River Teviot at Kelso" by Maria Brancho (2019)
"Along the Teviot" by Colin Patey (2017) "Along the Teviot" by Colin Patey (2017)
"Jedburgh Abbey" by Colin Patey (2017) "Jedburgh Abbey" by Colin Patey (2017)