Borders Abbeys Way

A circular walk through the heart of Scotland's border towns, visiting the ruins of four great abbeys.

3 to 8 nights
32-68 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £270 per person

About the trail

Take a walk through the rounded green hills, wooded riverbanks, pine forests and rich farmland of the Scottish Borders as you tour between four great ruined monasteries on the Borders Abbeys Way. Each has its own distinct character waiting to be discovered: the vast abbey church at Jedburgh, the outstanding detail of every carving at Melrose, the domestic architecture of Dryburgh and the Romanesque style of the remaining tower of the formidable Kelso Abbey.

As well as the four iconic abbeys the route has much to offer besides, from its wide range of castles to its outstanding viewpoints over the surrounding hills and the glittering Tweed. This is the perfect circular walking holiday through a beautiful area studded with historic gems.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to walk the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Customer reviews from the Borders Abbeys Way

“Everything was great. We had an awesome time in sunny Scotland.”
Mr Hayes, USA
“Impressively well organised!”
Ms Hackett, UK
“All the accommodation was excellent - the standard seems to improve year by year - and we had an excellent walk.”
Mr Howell, UK
“We had a wonderful time... thoroughly enjoyed the three days walking.”
Mrs Kasper, Switzerland
“An extremely well organised trip RE”
Mr Mcghie, UK
"River Teviot at Kelso" by Maria Brancho (2019)
"Along the Teviot" by Colin Patey (2017)
"Jedburgh Abbey" by Colin Patey (2017)