21 November 2017
Author: Neil Mackay
Publisher: Rucksack Readers
ISBN number: 9781898481782
Campaigners in the Scottish Borders are currently making the case for the area to become Scotland’s third national park, highlighting the mix of wonderful landscapes, rich cultural heritage and the economic boost to an ailing rural area that more visitors would bring.
If you’re interested in finding out whether the Borders merit national park status, why not try a few days walking the 67-mile Borders Abbeys Way? Linking the main Borders towns and four ruined abbeys, this is one of Scotland’s Great Trails, an official long distance route taking 5-6 days that offers walkers the chance to explore some wonderful scenery, with rolling hills and sections along the Rivers Tweed and Teviot.
This guide aims to provide all you need to walk the route, with information on the history, geography and wildlife to be found along the trail, plus clear directions including a map of each section and notes of interesting features along the way. It is light to carry and printed on rainproof paper - which could be a big advantage given typical Scottish weather. There’s little detail on where to stay, or bus and train timetables, but the reference pages provide links to accommodation and transport providers to help with advance planning from home. Personally, I would always carry the relevant OS maps too so I can see what lies further afield, but this book with its many colourful photos has certainly inspired me to take a walk in the Borders and get to know this lovely part of Scotland better. Helen Todd