Walking the John Buchan Way

Walk this way

We’re very excited about the launch of the programme for the 2019 Scottish Borders Walking Festival, which this year we are delighted to say will focus on the wonderfully varied walking found around Selkirk, the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys.

Now in its 25th year, it is Scotland’s longest established walking festival, and one of the biggest all-abilities events of its kind in the UK. Overseen by Scottish Borders Council, the festival moves around the area on an annual basis, with the programme of events organised each year by different Borders’ communities.

This year’s festival, which runs from 7-14 September, has some real treats in store. Walkers can choose from a range of routes from easy to strenuous that between them explore the many natural riches of the area. From gentle riverside strolls to serious treks into high hill ground, including a variety of Donalds (hills above 2,000ft), there is something for everyone. Many of the routes make use of the ancient drove roads that criss-cross the hills in these parts.

The bulk of the walks depart from Selkirk.  There are 28 guided walks during the walking festival, with something to suit all ages and abilities. All walks are led by experienced guides and the programme includes interesting and varied walks looking at wildlife, geology, history, archaeology, culture, etc. Look out too for an accompanying programme of evening social events – an ideal way to round off a great day on the hill!

For past Scottish Borders Walking Festival walks around Peebles and the Tweed Valley we recommend:

  • Tweed Valley Railway Path, Glentress Circular & Janet’s Brae (6.5 miles/10.5kms). A delightful riverside and forest walk with plenty of historical and cultural interest
  • Cademuir Hill Circular and River Tweed (10 miles/16kms). Wildlife, history and stunning views
  • The Glensax Horseshoe via Dun Rig and Glenrath Heights (15.5 miles/25kms). An exhilarating, full-day expedition that includes three Donalds.

Further info

For further details, visit Scottish Borders Walking Festival

Photography: On the John Buchan Way, Rich Rowe