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Borders Abbeys Way
Neil MacKay

published 2017 • 6" x 8.75" • 70 pages • full-color throughout • maps • photos
ISBN 9781898481782 • waterproof paperback/spiral • $17.95

The Borders Abbeys Way is one of Scotland’s Great Trails, a fascinating circuit that takes in the historic ruined abbeys of Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh. Within its 67 miles (108 km) it includes also the charming towns of Hawick and Selkirk, and passes Abbotsford House, the historic home of Sir Walter Scott. Much of the terrain is easy-going, beside the Rivers Tweed and Teviot, and the hilly sections offer splendid views. The route is most easily reached by rail from Edinburgh to Tweedbank, near Melrose.

This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy your Borders Abbeys Way walk:

  • detailed description of the route walked clockwise from Melrose
  • background on the history of the Borders abbeys
  • summaries with distance, terrain and food/drink stops
  • twelve pages of detailed mapping of the route at 1:55,000
  • a 7-page section about habitats and wildlife, with superb images
  • information about public transport and travel
  • lavishly illustrated, with 105 color photographs
  • rucksack-friendly format, printed on rainproof paper.

Click here to view a short video about this guidebook.

Neil Mackay is a former Access Officer for Scottish Borders Council, and his detailed knowledge of the Borders Abbeys Way dates from its early development. He still lives in the Borders, and now works as a freelance writer and access consultant. 

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