Long Distance Walks

Melrose is fortunate to have several long distance walking routes that either pass through or start / end in the town. Many of these routes are now promoted as ‘Scotland’s Great Trails’.

These long-distance trails also offer the walker in Melrose the chance to enjoy a day, or part day, linear walk and to return to the town using local public transport links. Visit our Location page for further information about how to get here.

map of long distance walks that cross through melrose

Southern Upland Way

The Southern Upland Way is Britain’s first official coast-to-coast long-distance path. Starting from Portpatrick on the southwest coast and finishing at Cockburnspath on the east, it runs across 214 miles of superb and varied country and is still undiscovered by many. There are no summits above 3000ft, but over 80 rise above 2000ft.

Southern Upland way

St Cuthbert’s Way

The St Cuthbert’s Way, one of the most beautiful, varied and enjoyable long distance walking routes in Britain, and one of Scotland’s Great Trails, bridges the national border between Scotland and England. Its inspiring 100km (62.5 miles) cross-border route links Melrose in the Scottish Borders, where St. Cuthbert started his religious life in 650AD, with Holy Island off the Northumberland Coast, his eventual resting place and his original pilgrimage shrine.

St Cuthbert's Way

Borders Abbey Way

The Borders Abbey Way is a circular walk in the heart of the Scottish Borders, full of attractive countryside passing by four 12th Century Abbeys and through several Border Towns. It is 64.5 miles / 103 km in length and is divided into five sections of roughly equal distances.

Borders Abbey Way