Walking in the Scottish Borders

Scotland offers a legal right to roam. For visitors who do not know the area, there are many leaflets (which we can supply) describing walks – short or long – to suit all abilities, as well as more challenging hill walking. The 2nd and 3rd highest hills in the South of Scotland are within an hour’s drive from Galabank. Walk west from Galabank and you will walk for 12 miles walking over 2,000ft hills (‘Donalds’) without coming across a house.

There are many signposted walks round all the towns in the Borders. There is also within a short distance, parts of the Southern Upland Way which goes from coast to coast across the south of Scotland.

The Saint Cuthbert’s way starts in the nearby town of Melrose. There are paths all down the river Tweed which provide very quiet and scenic walks. The many woods and forests also provide many walks in peace and quiet. Because of the rural nature of the Scottish Borders you will rarely meet many people on your walks.

Many of the local towns such as Melrose and Galashiels have a series of leaflets “Paths around….” which have many walks, most waymarked, from a short stroll to 9-10 miles. The local Tourist Information Centres have leaflets on these.

In the cottage are suggested local walks and maps.