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A walk on The Hirsel Estate

The Scottish Borders is the perfect place for walkers all year round.

 Whether you are looking for a gentle stroll or something more demanding, there are 1500 miles of dedicated walking routes in the Borders.  

We have a number of walks on the farm and down into Oxton, see On the Farm for more information. 

There are a number of more famous walks such as:

The Borders Abbey Way (65 miles) connects the great abbeys of Jedburgh, Melrose, Kelso and Dryburgh and is broken down into four sections.  

The 60 mile St. Cuthbert’s Walk follows the life of one of the north’s great loved saints who ministered at Melrose before ending up at Holy Island. 

John Buchan Way is a path covering 13 miles from Peebles to Broughton and the beautiful Berwickshire Coastal path - going from Berwick upon Tweed to St Abbs is under 17 miles.  This walk has superb scenery and a coastline full of wildlife, secret covers and harbours.  

Southern Upland Way runs through the Borders, and close to Airhouses in Lauder. It runs from coast to coast and is a great path to explore. 

There are a number of Estates that have marked trails to follow including:

The Hirsel Estate, Coldstream

Roxburgh Estate and Floor Castle, Kelso 

Bowhill House, Selkirk 

Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith 

There are many footpaths across the Lammermuirs and some start from Oxton (the Carfraemill) and Lauder. Look at Paths Around Lauder here.

Your lodge is full of maps and books of walks in both the Scottish Borders and the Lothians.  There are also mystery/adventure trails around Edinburgh.  

There is a lovely book by Alistair Moffat covering The Hidden Ways or lost paths of Scotland.  Many of these stories meander through the Scottish Borders and a lovely one is the Herring Trail from Dunbar to Lauder.

This is a great resource for here from Scotland Starts Here to help you find just the walk you want!  

What better way to soak those aching after walk muscles than in your private Hot Tub! 

One of the farm walks at Airhouses
One of the Farm Walks at Airhouses

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