Walking in the Scottish Borders

Cheviots, Tweed, Ettrick, Moffat and Manor hills

By Ronald Turnbull

Guidebook presenting 45 day walks and one long distance route in the Scottish Borders. The day walks cover five areas: the Cheviots, Tweeddale, the Ettrick Hills, Moffat Hills and Manor Hills. The walks are a mixture of high and low level routes and can be fully customised using multiple variants.


Year-round. For hillwalking, the best times of all are April-June and September. Winter hillwalking under snow can be arduous, but very rewarding in good conditions and if correctly prepared and equipped.


Wooler, Kelso, Melrose, Peebles, Moffat


Walks range from easy low-level walks, through smaller hills, to moderately challenging grassy hills at 600-750m (200-2500ft). Walks are graded to aid planning.

Must See

The Cheviot and its Hen Hole; Hart Fell and its Beeftub; White Coomb and its Grey Mare's Tail waterfall; River Tweed; bird-infested cliffs at St Abbs; ruined abbeys; Eildon Hills; St Mary's Loch; Reiving-era towers and bastles
12 Aug 2020
23 Jun 2022
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.15cm
This guidebook provides 45 day walks in the Scottish Borders. Separated into six sections, these walks are divided between the north and south Cheviots, Tweed, Ettrick, Moffat and Manor hills and feature main centres including Wooler, Kelso, Melrose, Peebles and Moffat. The guide's seventh section outlines long distance routes, including a walk along the Border from Gretna to Berwick-on-Tweed.

The Scottish Borders are rich in both history and geology. These walks explore many historical sites, from Iron Age forts on hillsides to bastles and towers dating from the Border Reivers era. The stunning and varied scenery is a result of complex geological processes; a visit to Dobb's Linn showcases preserved fossils, while the coastline at St Abbs Head features iconic folded rock formations which are home to a myriad of birds including guillemots.

Each walk features 1:50,000 OS mapping, comprehensive route description and plenty of information about points of interest along the route. The walks are graded and can be easily customised with alternative start points, route variants and shortcuts. The guide's introduction offers plenty of practical information about how to get there and where to stay, while the appendices list useful contacts and tourist information centres.
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Ronald Turnbull

Ronald Turnbull writes regularly for TGO, Lakeland Walker, Trail and Cumbria magazines. His previous books include Across Scotland on Foot, Long Days in Lakeland and Welsh 3000ft Challenges. He has written many other Cicerone guides, including Walking in the Lowther Hills, The Book of the Bivvy and Not the West Highland Way.

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