Highlights

  • 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.

Monday Overnight: The Townhouse

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. Award winning journalist and author Alistair Moffat will join us for dinner.

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.

Saturday

After breakfast, The Wayfarers will transport you to Edinburgh.
Moderate
"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.

TRIP DETAILS

6 Nights from
US $4,395.00

(Single Supplement US $0.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is US $4,175.00

Dates

From Sep 6 to Sep 12 (more dates)
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Arrival: Edinburgh Departure: Edinburgh or Glasgow
The Scottish Borders September 2020 Map

Hotels - Where we stay

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.
Windlestraw Hotel

Windlestraw Hotel

A magnificent Edwardian manor overlooking the picturesque Tweed Valley ” home to 5 star gold accommodation, a two AA rosette restaurant and winner 'Independent Scottish Hotel of the Year 2017'. Set within two acres of private, landscaped grounds, Windlestraw was originally built in 1906, as a wedding gift for the future wife of the Scottish cashmere mill owner, John King Ballantyne. All rooms are en-suite and have views of the Tweed Valley or surrounding country side. Each room features the highest quality beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, bath robes, telephone, television, wi-fi and Nespresso machines.
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