Borders Abbeys Way

Start Melrose - circular walk


You can start the walk at any point, in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. The route splits easily into 5 or 6 days.

As this is a circular route you can choose to walk from inn to inn with baggage carried by a local transport company.

Another option is to stay in one location and use transport to radiate out - to & from the start and finish points along the route. All the towns on the route are well served by bus, with direct links between the start and end of every stage.

Below is the 5 day version, but you can split the Melrose to Kelso day with a stop at Dryburgh Abbey and it’s on site hotel.

With a new train service from Edinburgh many choose to begin the circuit in Melrose, but you can in fact choose any of these town as your starting point.

Kelso is a popular place to start and is famous for Floors Castle and it’s popular horse racing track.


Day 1 Kelso-Jedburgh   12 Miles /19 Kms  


Day 2 Jedburgh-Hawick   12.5 Miles / 20 Kms 


Day 3 Hawick-Selkirk   12.5 Miles / 20 Kms 


Day 4 Selkirk-Melrose   10 Miles / 16 Kms 


Day 5 Melrose-Kelso   17 Miles / 28 Kms 


Complete Walk   64.5 Miles / 103 Kms

At A Glance

  • Date
  • Cost
    5 nights from £480pp or 6 nights £519 pp - based on 2 sharing twin/double B&B accommodation
  • Grade
  • Accommodation
    B&B, Guest House, Hotel
  • Directions
    Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports. Train and bus connections to Melrose Tweedbank Station - we can book your train tickets
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