Paths, parks and countryside areas

St Cuthbert’s Way

  • Start point: Melrose
  • End point: Lindisfarne (Holy Island), England
  • Distance or area: 62 miles (100km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland and North East England

This route links two places significant in the life of St Cuthbert, a 7th century saint who began his ministry in Melrose in the Scottish Borders town and was buried on Lindisfarne (Holy Island) in England off the Northumberland coast.

More information:www.stcuthbertsway.net

Southern Upland Way

  • Start point: Portpatrick
  • End point: Cockburnspath
  • Distance or area: 212 miles (340km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

Welcome to Scotland’s only official coast-to-coast long distance path. It runs right across the country from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean at Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway to the North Sea at Cockburnspath in the Scottish Borders and is the undisputed giant of Scotland’s Great Trails.

More information:www.southernuplandway.gov.uk

Kintyre Way

  • Start point: Tarbert
  • End point: Southend
  • Distance or area: 87 miles (140km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

Sea lovers are in for a real treat on the relatively unexplored Kintyre peninsula which, more island than mainland, lies sandwiched between the isles of Islay and Arran. The zigzagging Kintyre Way offers both gentle walking and more serious hikes but leaving for home may be the greatest challenge of all on this trail!

More information:www.kintyreway.com

Cross Borders Drove Road

  • Start point: Little Vantage
  • End point: Hawick
  • Distance or area: 52 miles (83km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

As the name suggests, cattle and sheep were once driven along this route, but they have since been replaced by walkers, cyclists and horse riders making their way south from West Lothian to the Scottish Borders.

More information:www.southofscotlandcountrysidetrails.co.uk

Borders Abbeys Way

  • Start point: Circular route taking in the border towns of Jedburgh, Hawick, Selkirk, Melrose and Kelso
  • Distance or area: 68 miles (109km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

The magnificent ruined abbeys are the draw of this route which links historic border towns and villages and takes walkers across varied terrain from roads to tracks and farm fields, riverside paths to forest rides and old railway lines to old drove roads.

More information:www.bordersabbeysway.com