Set off heading south towards Innerleithen. Enroute you pass Glentress Forest one of the best mountain biking spots in the world – there are bikes available for hire and some great walks if you fancy getting active. A little further down the road are walks of a different type (a personal favourite of ours) – hook up with the friendly alpacas at Velvet Hall and take your new furry friend for a walk in the woods! Just outside Innerleithen you might like to visit Traquair House, home to the Maxwell Stuart family and the oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland. Here you can also sample the local ales brewed onsite.
Carry on south as the road follows the meanders of the River Tweed by Galashiels to Melrose, home to the beautiful pink sandstone Melrose Abbey which dates from the 12th century. The gothic abbey is covered in some intricately carved sculptures – see if you can find the pig playing the bagpipes!
Overnight in the Melrose area
“Know Before You Go!”
Covid-19: Scotland’s regions are currently divided into different tiers depending on the prevalence of Covid-19.
By law, with limited exceptions, it is forbidden to travel to/from areas where higher numbers of people may be carrying the virus. Please comply with the rules set out by the Scottish Government. To check what tier a region is in and to see the current rules regarding travel in Scotland, please see here.
Opening hours: There are lots of suggestions for places to visit on the following pages and, while we absolutely want you to make the most of your trip, it is important to note that many visitor attractions and places of interest now require you to book in advance, or may have restricted opening hours, or may be closed temporarily due to Covid-19. In addition, many places of interest in Scotland have seasonal opening hours and close in the winter months. Please be sure to follow the links to the places of interest mentioned in the suggested routes to check in advance of your visit and avoid disappointment on the day!