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Scottish Borders Walking Weekend
NEW Join us for our new Scottish Borders walking weekend based in Melrose. Two great days of scenic guided walks, memorable social evenings and an opportunity to explore historic Selkirk, along with Melrose, home of Sir Walter Scott.
- Three Brethren walk
- Historic Selkirk & Melrose
- Two days of scenic country walks
- Enjoyable social evenings
MODERATE (Grade 2) – Walks at a steady pace along riverside paths, valley, woods and small hills. We may encounter uneven ground on the walk.
MODERATE PLUS (Grade 3) – Similar to the Grade 2 walk, but with slightly more ascent.
Accommodation for this trip is not included. For accommodation information and all essential trip information please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab.
Friday – Welcome Evening
Friday Welcome Evening (optional) is 8pm in Melrose. It’s a chance for everyone on the weekend to meet and the Country Adventures trip leader will be on hand to answer any questions about the planned walks. If you’re unable to make it to the Welcome Evening, the Trip Notes detail everything you need to know about the weekend and the walks.
Saturday - Walk Day & Social Evening
Walk: Grade 2 – Three Brethren & Selkirk
Distance 8.4 miles (13.5km)
Total Ascent 1506 ft (459m)
A popular hiking route in the Scottish Borders, the Three Brethren are a group of cairns located in the hills near Selkirk. Our guided walk takes you up into the hills, and the highlight is reaching the Three Brethren cairns. These cairns were erected in 1920 by foresters and commemorate three regions: Selkirkshire, Peeblesshire, and Midlothian. After a good day in the hills with stunning views, there will be an opportunity to visit the historic town of Selkirk.
Complementary transport from Melrose to the start of the walk, and the return, is included.
Saturday Social evening – after a good days walk, there’ll be chance to meet up in Melrose, where the trip leader will organise a good place to go for drinks and a meal, which will often be a local bar, pub, or restaurant.
Sunday - Walk Day & Departure Day
Walk: Grade 3 – Eildon Hills & Melrose
Distance 7.5 miles (12km)
Total Ascent 1720 ft (524m)
The Eildon Hills are a popular destination for hikers and walkers. There are well-established trails leading to the summits of each hill, once home to a Roman Signal Station. The views from the top are spectacular, offering panoramic vistas of Melrose, the abbey, River Tweed and surrounding countryside. A wonderful walk to finish a perfect walking weekend in the Scottish Borders.
The walking weekend will finish in Melrose by 3.30pm.
Accommodation is not included as part of this trip. If you require help with booking accommodation you may find the following links useful:
Booking.com search for accommodation in Melrose, Scottish Borders
We recommend booking accommodation in, or near to Melrose, for easy reach to the meeting point for both the walks and social evenings. Nearby Ripon is also an option with suitable accommodation, however transport will be needed to travel to Harrogate for the social evenings.
Food & Drink
For the walk(s) please bring with you a packed lunch and refreshments. Occasionally on some guided walks (Grade 1 to 2 walks) we may pass a country inn or tea room where if we have time we can call in, however having a packed lunch with you gives the group the freedom to have lunch wherever we are on the walking route.
Melrose has a number of convenience stores.
Optional social evenings in Melrose are organised by Country Adventures, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
For guided walking trips that require transport from the meeting point to the start of the walk, we use a minibus or where necessary local transport. There is no extra charge for this, it is included in the trip price.
Our walks are by no means designed to be endurance tests where everyone sets off at a blistering pace. Far from it, it’s about a fine day in the hills in good company enjoying the best of fell walking with exceptional views but it is important to state that for everyone’s walking enjoyment walking does require a minimum level of fitness and stamina. Hill / Mountain walking experience is not essential as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness. For the higher level graded walks (i.e. Challenging, or Tough Grade) it is advisable that you are someone who enjoys regular cardio exercise or have experience of mountain walking and have the stamina/ leg strength in order to be better prepared for longer sections of uphill & downhill walking associated with higher mountain treks.
Walking Grades Explained
EASY (GRADE 1)
2 – 5 miles | Total Ascent under 500 ft
Short walks mostly on well-defined flat paths and tracks, with any uphill sections being short and gentle.
MODERATE (GRADE 2)
5 – 10 miles | Total Ascent 500 – 1500 ft
Walks at a steady pace on undulating terrain including moorland, coastal paths and hills. We may encounter uneven stony ground on some walks.
MODERATE PLUS (GRADE 3)
5 – 10 miles | Total Ascent 1000 – 2600 ft
Walking at a reasonably active pace over coastal, moorland, hill or lower mountain terrain. Well defined tracks and paths. Suited to people with good fitness and a reasonable level of pace and stamina for walks that have more sustained ascents and descents.
CHALLENGING (GRADE 4)
7 – 15 miles | Total Ascent 1000 – 4000 ft
Longer walks on defined and undefined tracks with sustained ascents and descents on moorland, hill or mountain terrain. Mountain walks will have steep ups and downs with rocky terrain including ridges and scree in some sections.
TOUGH (GRADE 5)
7 – 20+ miles | Total Ascent 3000 – 5000+ ft
Walking at higher levels, mainly mountain terrain with steep ups and downs. Mountain terrain which may include ridges and scree sections. Suitable for fit and active people with a good level of stamina. Hill and mountain walking experience would be desirable.
What you need to bring with you for the walks
- Good, comfortable walking boots with a cleated sole and good ankle support are essential.
- Waterproof jacket and over-trousers.
- Warm, dry walking clothing. Unsuitable clothing includes Jeans or cotton tracksuit bottoms and cotton t-shirts (cotton is a poor insulating fabric and when wet it takes a long time to dry, which can lead to a rapid loss of body heat as well as being uncomfortable).
- A number of thin layers are better than one thick/ heavy jumper. We suggest a fleece for extra warmth especially when we stop on the hills for lunch.
- Hat and gloves (even in summer – any wind chill on the mountain tops will lead to cooler temperatures).
- Sunglasses, sun cream.
- Hot or cold drinks (i.e. a minimum of 2 litres of water).
- Plenty of food and drink for lunch and snacks.
- A rucksack large enough to carry it all in (20-30 litres), ideally with a waterproof liner.
- Any medication you need.
- Thermos flask. We recommend bringing warm drinks with you, as even on sunny days it can occasionally feel cooler, especially on the summits of the higher-level mountain walks.
- Walking poles (if you use them).
We want you to enjoy your time with Country Adventures and have the best possible adventure experience. Please be aware that if any participants are not properly equipped for the walk (i.e. with walking boots and waterproofs), at the guide’s discretion we reserve the right to not allow them on the walk for reasons of safety for both the individual and the group. If you need clarification on any of the equipment requirements, please do not hesitate to ask.
Trip Schedule & Activity Meeting Times
Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point at the required time. The transport for our day walks will leave promptly at the stated time and due to the nature of scheduled trips, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.
Welcome Evening – 8pm Please meet at the Burts Hotel
Walking Days – 9.30am Please meet at the the Burts Hotel
Address: Burts Hotel, Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PL