The town of Melrose is situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders at the foot of the Eildon Hills and close by
the River Tweed.
As such it is in the perfect location for the visitor, and especially walkers, to explore the
surrounding landscape and its many historical connections. It is hoped this website will help you to discover the
wide variety and quality of walking available locally.
Latest News - Paths around Melrose booklet
The fourth edition of this popular publication is available and if you are wanting more information on this
publication click on this link.
This latest edition, published in June 2016 contains additional new and exciting walking routes to add to
the already popular route detailed in earlier editions.
Walkers are Welcome
Melrose is a community well used to offering the visitor a warm welcome as over the years it has served both
as a pilgrimage centre with the Abbey at its heart and as a market centre. Not surprisingly it has built a
reputation for the quality facilities available in the Town.
In August 2010, after a campaign led by the local paths group, Melrose was awarded
‘Walkers are Welcome’ status,
becoming the first town in the Scottish Borders to join a growing network of walker-friendly towns in the UK,
recognized as having something special to offer walkers.
This achievement was celebrated by holding a special Walking Weekend which it is hoped
will be repeated.
The opening of the Borders Railway last autumn from Edinburgh to Tweedbank which is a short walking
distance from the town will link directly into several of the Melrose walking routes. Please visit the Travel
Information and Walks pages of the website for details of route connections.
The new updated "Path Around Melrose" booklet with new walks and links directly to Tweedbank station has been
published and this can be purchased on-line by linking to the publications page.
Melrose is an excellent centre for walking whose main features are the Eildon Hills and River Tweed. However there
are many other local places to explore and these circular waymarked paths will help you discover more about this
beautiful part of the Borders.
In addition there are short local walks exploring the town, its many historical connections and the riverside.
Apart from these local walks Melrose is situated at the hub of several long distance paths either passing through
or starting / ending in the town. Many of these routes are now known and marketed as ‘Scotland’s Great Trails’.
These routes offer the walker the chance to enjoy a day or part day walk with the opportunity to get back to Melrose
at the end of the walk by means of local public transport links.
Due to the unprecedented wet weather over the winter, some of the paths close to the River Tweed have been
affected by flooding. In particular these include Routes 1 and 12 at the boardwalk close to Newstead; and
parts of St Cuthbert’s Way between St Boswells and Maxton. For your own safety please follow local diversion signs.
Further assistance and comment
This website has been set up by Melrose Paths Group and
We hope that you will find all the information you require on this website and that it has been enough to encourage
you to come to Melrose and to enjoy some of the wonderful walks and facilities that this area has to offer.
If you still have questions or enquiries or you wish to make any comments on the website or the walks please
click on this e-mail link.