• Walk in some of Scotland's most dramatic and romantic scenery
  • Learn about famous Scottish salmon, wool and cashmere
  • Connect to the writings of Sir Walter Scott, John Buchan and Alistair Moffat
  • Special visits to Neidpath Castle, Abbottsford, Traquair, Glenternie and Tweedvale

Visit the gentle heather clad hills of the Scottish Borders for the perfect mix of dramatic scenery, colorful history, and age old traditions. This Walk follows the river Tweed, weaving a tale of lords and kings, of military conquests and uprisings, of literary masterpieces by the likes of Sir Walter Scott and John Buchan, and finally, of life along the meandering Tweed. Our ambitious itinerary is highlighted with visits to castles and stately homes, including private tours and meals with current Lords and Ladies of the manor. We learn about salmon fishing and weaving wool, and take time to connect to the region's fascinating history and culture. With so many treasures hidden in a gently rolling and romantic landscape, you'll be sure to enjoy every moment.

Sunday Overnight: 24 Royal Terrace

Arrive at our hotel in Edinburgh at the time of your convenience. This evening, we'll gather for a welcome cocktail before proceeding to a special restaurant in town.

Monday Overnight: The Townhouse

After a transfer to Melrose, an invigorating walk takes us into the Eildon Hills, perhaps the best-known landmark of the Borders. The hills are visible from miles around and are steeped in legend and history. We'll stop at Bowden church, built at the time of the great Border Abbeys, nearly 900 years ago. Then follow the River Tweed to lunch in St Boswell's and return to Melrose to visit the Roman Fort Trimontium as well as the ruins of Melrose Abbey, famous burial place of the heart of the hero Robert the Bruce. We can still make out the delightful decorative sculptures amid the ruins, including a bagpipe playing pig! Award winning journalist and author Alistair Moffat will join us for dinner.

Tuesday Overnight: The Townhouse Hotel

Today we're off to Abbotsford, the impressive baronial mansion of Sir Walter Scott. En route, we'll pass Cauldshiel's Loch, which is said to be bottomless and haunted. Be prepared for a great Scottish ghost story. On arrival in Abbotsford we'll tour the house and its eccentric collection of artifacts, including Rob Roy's sporran. After lunch and time in the wonderful gardens, we'll return to the banks of the river Tweed to wend our way back to the hotel.

Wednesday Overnight: The Townhouse Hotel

Start the day walking the famous Scottish Upland Way that runs from coast to coast across Scotland. See dramatic views as we descend down into Traquair, to lunch at the country estate, Traquair House, Scotland's oldest inhabited house. After exploring the gardens, we'll walk along the river to our next hotel. Tonight's special treat is a wonderful dinner at Tweedvale House, an historic private home in the village of Walkerburn, once the center of Scotland's wool and cashmere industry.

Thursday Overnight: Traquair House

Scotsman John Buchan was famous for writing The Thirty-Nine Steps, but there is so much more to know about this writer, historian, statesman and favorite local son who lived and wrote here. We'll visit the John Buchan Centre, then follow the path named for the author, stopping for lunch in another private baronial mansion, Glenternie House. After lunch, we return to the John Buchan Way and follow it to our hotel in Peebles. We have arranged a special dinner in historic Traquair House, where the 21st Lady of Traquair Catherine Maxwell Stuart, a direct descendant of King James VI, will join us for drinks and lead us on a tour of her home.

Friday Overnight: Cringletie House Hotel

Walk from our country hotel into Peebles, following the route used by drovers for centuries. We'll then walk beside the river to Neidpath Castle, with its commanding position overlooking the river and 14th century tower. The castle will be opened especially for us to visit and enjoy lunch in the main hall. After lunch, we walk back into Peebles where we can visit its small museum and enjoy a cup of its famous hot cocoa.


After breakfast, The Wayfarers will transport you to Edinburgh.
"Look back and smile on perils past." Sir Walter Scott of Abbotsford
Walk on the moors, river paths and hill paths. Mileage: approx 10 miles per day.


6 Nights from
US $4,395.00

(Single Supplement US $775.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is US $4,175.00


From Jun 14 to Jun 20 (more dates)
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Arrival: Edinburgh Departure: Edinburgh or Glasgow
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Hotels - Where we stay

24 Royal Terrace

24 Royal Terrace

The 24 Royal Terrace Hotel located at the foot of Edinburghs famous Calton Hill, is a colorful boutique hotel with a notable contemporary art collection. The Royal Terrace, including #24, is regarded among the best designs of the famous Georgian architect, William Playfair. Youll enjoy exploring the artistic touches that make this hotel a pleasure to behold. Each comfortably appointed room has en-suite bath, Wi-Fi, smart TV, lambswool throws, and Egyptian cotton linens.
The Townhouse Hotel

The Townhouse Hotel

Situated in the heart of Melrose, The Townhouse Hotel is a short walk to Melrose Abbey and Sir Walter Scotts former home. This hotel has 11 en-suite rooms each decorated in a unique. Room amenities include hairdryers, tea and coffee making, free wifi, television and radio, toiletries. There is on-site dining serving some Scottish specialties, as well as, an extensive wine selection. Nearby there is a range of outdoor activities including golf, salmon fishing on the Tweed River, walking, and cycling.
Traquair House

Traquair House

Historic Traquair House is Scotlands oldest inhabited house, visited by Scottish Kings and Queens dating back to 1107. It has been lived in by the Stuart family since 1491. Originally a royal hunting lodge, Traquair played host to Mary Queen of Scots and later as staunch Catholics was a Jacobite stronghold. Today, Traquair is still a family home that shares its extraordinary history with the public. Parts of the house, its beautiful grounds, maze, craft workshops and the famous Traquair House Brewery are open to the public in summer months. Guest rooms come with all modern amenities including en-suite bath.
Cringletie House Hotel

Cringletie House Hotel

Completed in 1861, Cringletie House first became a hotel in 1971. Over the last decade, the house and grounds have received extensive renovations. The result is the luxurious hotel you see today, combining the charm of the house's Victorian heritage with the comfort and convenience of the 21st century. To honor the history of the House and its inhabitants, the current tartan in the hall and staircase is a mixture of the Murray and the Sutherland tartans. Explore the 28 acres and you will find the famous walled garden with its 400-year-old yew hedge, a delightful river and waterfall, a historic dovecote, outdoor sculptures and a croquet lawn. Cringletie House Hotel is unique. With its very special architecture, each bedroom has its own unique size, shape and characteristics; from romantic turrets to feature fireplaces.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • A Wayfarers' water bottle and luggage tags
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants