Walks in the Scottish Borders

We moved to Coldstream in the Scottish Borders in the autumn of 2021 and we have been enjoying exploring the amazing variety of countryside the Borders have to offer. Stunning coastline, gorgeous river valleys and wild hilltops. It really is a hidden gem of the UK.

We will continue to share our walks in the Scottish Borders on this page, but we also visit Northumberland a lot too - sometimes crossing the border in one walk!

Sam with Billy at the end of the race

Abbotsford Trail Race – Race review

By Sam | August 29, 2022

We have had a bit of a break from races as the Earlston Black Hill race in July nearly finished us off and the recent hot weather hasn’t been conducive to running. However, a perusal of the weather forecast a couple of weeks back gave me a certain amount of…

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Trigg point on Great Hetha

Great Hetha Hill Run from College Valley

By Sam | August 15, 2022

The College Valley is a beautiful valley in the Northumberland section of the Cheviot Hills. We were expecting a very quiet day in the hills: Hethpool at the bottom of the valley is quite difficult to get to and the rest of the valley has limited vehicle access, with permits…

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Waterloo Monument, Nisbet, Scottish Borders

Waterloo Monument Nisbet circular route

By Sam | August 4, 2022

The Waterloo Monument, Nisbet is a very prominent feature of the countryside between Jedburgh and Kelso. This circular walk is a little gem and another one that features in the Scottish Borders 40 Favourite Walks book. We did a slight change by starting from Woodside Garden Centre, following a bacon…

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Looking out to sea on the guided walk at St Abbs

St Abb’s Head in June – Guided Walk

By Sam | June 29, 2022

I was back at St Abbs Head in June to lead a second walk on behalf of the Berwickshire Marine Reserve. This time we met with 8 people for the walk including the two new summer Rangers from BMR. We took pretty much the same route as we did in…

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Coldstream rhododendrons

Hirsel Circular Route, Coldstream

By Sam | May 29, 2022

We have lived in Coldstream in the Scottish Borders now for 7 months and this is the first time I have written up a walk from the town. There are two reasons for this: Both Scottish Borders Council and The Hirsel Estate have some very well waymarked and published walks,…

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View of St Abb's

Guided Walk St Abb’s Head

By Sam | May 13, 2022

We were delighted to be able to lead a guided walk at St Abb’s Head on 11th May as part of the Berwickshire Marine Reserve’s volunteer series of events. Alex from BMR joined us to explain about the reserve, which was very welcome. The aim was that this would be…

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View of the Cheviot

Stunning Walk in the Cheviots

By Sam | April 25, 2022

It was a sunny and (relatively) warm Easter Monday when we set out on this walk in the Cheviots, exploring the Scottish side of the range. Whilst the OS map of the English side is riddled with rights of way, these indications of routes stop once you get to the…

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Wallace Statue

Wallace Statue and St Boswells Circular

By Sam | April 11, 2022

The 10th April is our wedding anniversary so what better way to celebrate this auspicious occasion than enjoying good weather in the Scottish Borders with some friends. We chose a St Boswells circular route, taking in some local landmarks and getting us back in time for lunch at Mainstreet Trading.…

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View of Kelso from viewpoint

Kelso Circular Route

By Sam | March 4, 2022

Views, Viaducts and a Famous Junction. A lovely late winter morning saw us setting off for a trail run with a friend on this Kelso circular route. Once again we had seen the route in the “Borders 40 best walks” book, however we did it in the reverse direction. Due…

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photo of Greenlaw circular walk route

Greenlaw Circular Walk

By Sam | February 6, 2022

Blackadder and a hillfort This splendid Greenlaw circular walk is the first walk we have done from Robbie Porteous’ “Scottish Borders 40 favourite walks” book – a very welcome Christmas gift from my sister. Of course, in true Sam and Peter style we didn’t follow the exact route as described,…

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