Walking holidays in Scotland tend to take in Highland routes such as the West Highland Way, The Great Glen Way and The Rob Roy Way. As wonderful as these trails are, our aim is to diversify the areas where walkers would typically embark on a long distance walk.
The Cross Borders Drove Road has recently been recognised as one of 'Scotland's Great Trails', a compilation of the country's most outstanding, way marked long distance walks. There are currently 26 official Great Trails.
Most people would argue that the Highlands represent the most scenic and challenging landscapes in Scotland and, where that may be true, the Borders region offers it's own uniquely beautiful and historic qualities, which should not be ignored. In fact, more than ten of the Great Scottish Trails can be found in the south of the country.
Edinburgh is a huge attraction for tourists and local day trippers, therefore, why not offer a long distance trail which leads into Scotland's capital city. Starting in Hawick, the Cross Borders Drove Road makes it's way north, climbs up and over the Pentland Hills, and heads into the central belt regions of Edinburgh and West Lothian. The official finish point of the trail is Little Vantage/Harperrig (on the Edinburgh/West Lothian border), however, in order to provide an end point which provides options for public transport, accommodation and other amenities, walkers have the option to extend the walk further north/north west into West Lothian or east/north east into Edinburgh.
The WAS version of this trail will be between 60 and 70 miles, taking 3 - 4 days to complete. Accommodation will be available in Hawick, Innerleithen, West Linton, Kirknewton and Edinburgh. Baggage transfers will also be on available for walkers who do not want to carry heavy bags each day.
We anticipate that the Cross Borders Drove Road holiday will be available before the end of June 2014. Anyone who wishes to express an interest in this walk should complete the Booking Enquiry Form.