Scottish Borders

A walkers paradise

Explore the area

The Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys stretch south and west from the town of Selkirk, in the western Scottish Borders. Both valleys have some of the most beautiful countryside in Scotland and are ideal walking country. The area offers a variety of landscapes: delightful river valleys, glistening lochs, extensive woodland and forests, majestic hills and wild moorland.

These walks have been written to help visitors and residents alike to enjoy some of the wonderful walks that the valleys have to offer. Walkers of all abilities and ages will find routes that they can enjoy and each route has an indicative grading to offer guidance as to ease or difficulty. Several walks pass sites of historic interest, including the many fortified towers of the valleys, and most offer spectacular views and a sense of solitude.

All the walks have been extracted (with permission) from a booklet produced by the Ettrick & Yarrow Valleys Tourism Group and financed through the ‘Revitalising the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys Project’ (funded by Scottish Borders LEADER Programme, Southern Uplands Partnership and Buccleuch Estates). Maps are based on Ordnance Survey mapping provided by Scottish Borders Council under licence (100023423) 2008, to promote walking within the Scottish Borders.