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Borderloop4 – Hawick

About This Route

Head west from Hawick on the B711 through Roberton and on past Alemoor Reservoir and on to Tushielaw on the B709 and then north towards the Gordon Arms. Then continue north along the ‘Paddy Slacks’ towards Traquair and Innerleithen. You may wish to follow the River Tweed direct to Galashiels or head north on the B709 to Heriot before returning south via Stow and to Langshaw towards Galashiels and on to Melrose avoiding the busy A7. Leave Melrose on the B6359 to the south via Bowden and Lilliesleaf before returning to Hawick.

Before heading off from Hawick spend some time visiting the Heart of Hawick or the local museum to get a flavour of the importance of the town in the Borders’ textile industry. Heading west and then north you will pass the Gordon Arms. On the outskirts of Innerleithen you can visit Traquair House, Scotland’s oldest inhabited house which dates back to 1107. In Innerleithen you can visit St Ronan’s Well Visitor Centre and Robert Smail’s Workshop. You may wish to follow the River Tweed direct to Galashiels or head north in a loop to Heriot first. Old Gala House Museum & Art Gallery can be found in Galashiels before heading towards Melrose where you can visit one of the four Borders’ Abbeys, Priorwood Garden and Harmony Garden. Before you leave, don’t miss Abbotsford House, former home of Sir Walter Scott.

There are a number of typical passes between valleys on this loop, as well as some short sharp climbs between Melrose and Hawick.

Route Profile

Statistics

  • Distance

    79 miles

  • Level

    Challenge

  • Level Details

    Repeated long hilly stages including remote areas. High degree of self sufficiency required and some require multi-day/night trips.

  • Towns

    Hawick

  • Altitude Gain

    2190

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Level:

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