Walks in The Ettrick & Yarrow Valleys

The valleys surrounding the Gordon Arms have some of the most beautiful countryside in Scotland and are ideal walking country. The area offers a variety of landscapes: delightful river valleys, glistening lochs, extensive woodland and forests, majestic hills and wild moorland. If you are walking the Southern Upland Way, we can even provide transfers to and from The Glen Cafe at St Mary's Loch. Simply book it online at same time as making your room reservation.

The walks below have been written to help visitors and residents alike to enjoy some of the wonderful walks that the valleys have to offer. Walkers of all abilities and ages will find routes that they can enjoy and each route has an indicative grading to offer guidance as to ease or difficulty. Several walks pass sites of historic interest, including the many fortified towers of the valleys, and most offer spectacular views and a sense of solitude.

All the walks have been extracted (with permission) from a booklet produced by the Ettrick & Yarrow Valleys Tourism Group* and financed through the 'Revitalising the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys Project' (funded by Scottish Borders LEADER Programme, Southern Uplands Partnership and Buccleuch Estates). Maps are based on Ordnance Survey mapping provided by Scottish Borders Council under licence (100023423) 2008, to promote walking within the Scottish Borders.
 
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WALK 1 - Ettrickbridge Village Walk

1ml/1.6k, 165ft./50m.climb, GRADE: Easy
 
 
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WALK 2 - Ettrickbridge Circular via Kirkhope Tower

3m./4.8k, 425ft/130m. GRADE: Easy/Mod.
 
 
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WALK 3 - Ettrickbridge Circular via Howford Hill and Helmburn Hill

4m/6.5k, 425ft/130m climb GRADE: Easy/Mod
 
 
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WALK 4 - Yarrowford Circular via Broadmeadows and the Three Brethren

5m/8k, 1150ft/350m climb GRADE: Mod
 
 
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WALK 5 - Yarrowford Circular via Minch Moor, Brown Knowe, Three Brethren & Broadmeadows

10m/16k, 1475ft/450m climb GRADE: Mod / Strenuous
 
 
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WALK 6 - Dryhope Circular via Blackhouse Tower & Craig Douglas

6m/9.6k, 330ft/100m climb GRADE: Mod
 
 
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WALK 7 - The Lochs Walk, Bowhill Estate

2m/3.2k, 80ft/25m climb GRADE: Easy
 
 
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WALK 8 - The Lady's Walk, Bowhill Estate

2m/3.2k, 80ft/25m climb GRADE: Easy
 
 
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WALK 9 - The Duchess's Drive, Bowhill Estate

7m/11.3k, 985ft/300m climb GRADE: Mod / Strenuous
 
 
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WALK 10 - Ettrick Head Horshoe

10m/16k, 2015ft/620m climb GRADE: Strenuous
 
 
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WALK 11 - White Shank, Capel Fell & Ettrick Head Shorter Circular

6.5m/10.5k, 1445ft/440m climb GRADE: Mod / Strenuous
 
 
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WALK 12 - Ettrickhead, Windfell, Hopetoun Craig & Ettrick Pen Circular

6.5m/10.5k, 1310ft/400m climb GRADE: Mod / Strenuous
 
 
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WALK 13 - Tibbie Shiels Circular via Pikestone Rig & Loch of the Lowes

5m/8k, 820ft/250m climb GRADE: Moderate
 
 
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WALK 14 - Yarrow - Ettrick Circular via The Captain's Road, Scabcleuch & Riskenhope

13m/21k, 1540ft/470m climb GRADE: Strenuous
 
 
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WALK 15 - Ettrick Circular via The Southern Upland Way & The Captain's Road

10m/16k, 1115ft/340m climb GRADE: Moderate / Strenuous
 
 
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WALK 16 - Tima Circular via Gamescleuch Tower & Burn

4m/6.5k, 425ft/130m climb GRADE: Easy / Moderate
 
 
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WALK 17 - Ettrick Marshes & High Conifer Forest Route

5m/8k, 395ft/120m climb GRADE: Moderate
 
 
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WALK 18 - Ettrick Marshes Hut Circle

1m/1.6k, 50ft/15m climb GRADE: Easy
 
 
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WALK 19 - Tima Loop

0.5m/0.8k, 50ft/15m climb GRADE: Easy
 
 
*The proprietors of The Gordon Arms Hotel in Yarrow are grateful to Barbara Harrison for allowing some parts of the booklet to be reproduced on this website for the use of visitors passing through the hotel.

Photograph Acknowledgements:

Photographs of the valleys from:
Douglas Hardie, Barbara Harrison, Daphne Jackson, Linda Jackson, Lillias Noble, Julie Nock, Jeremy Snodgrass and Viv Young.

Wildlife photographs:
David Baird - Red Squirrel, Mike Baker - Fox, Red Admiral, Susan Kevan - Heron, Tree Creeper, Dreamtime Stock Photos and Stock Free Images - Buzzard (Smokon), Kingfisher (Camerziga), Otter (Rpernell) and Roe Deer (Vchphoto).