Borders Abbeys Way

Jedburgh Abbey
Dryburgh Abbey

The Borders Abbeys Way is a long-distance footpath in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland. It is a circular walkway and is 64.5 miles (103 km) long.

The theme of the footpath is the ruined Borders abbeys (established by David I of Scotland) along its way—Kelso Abbey, Jedburgh Abbey, Melrose Abbey and Dryburgh Abbey—and it also includes the towns of Hawick and Selkirk. The Abbeys were homes to the monks who lived there between the 12th and 16th centuries.

Sections of the Walk

Most people choose to do the Walk in one day for each segment.[1]

Section Distance Miles/KM Start & End Elevation Highest points
Kelso-Jedburgh 12/19 134 & 280 ft 390 ft
Jedburgh-Hawick 12.5/20 280 & 344 ft 985 & 563 ft
Hawick-Selkirk 12.5/20 344 & 564 ft 999 & 1113 ft
Selkirk-Melrose 10/16 564 & 320 ft 880 ft
Melrose-Kelso 17.5/28 320 & 134 ft 485 ft
Complete walk 64.5/103 1113 ft

It is divided into five sections, each roughly a days walk.

Along the Borders Abbeys Way there are several rivers: Jed Water, River Teviot, River Tweed, Ale Water, and Rule Water.

See also


  1. "Abbeys Walk". The Borders Abbeys Way. Scotland's Great Trails.


Coordinates: 55°34′41″N 2°34′11″W / 55.5781°N 2.5697°W / 55.5781; -2.5697 (Borders Abbeys Way)

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