Scottish Borders Loop

The Border Loop cycle tour winds its way on quiet minor roads and tracks for 250 miles through the Scottish Borderland. Waymarked for almost the entire route, The Borders Loop takes you through Kelso, Hawick, Peebles, Melrose, Duns, Eyemouth and Coldstream.

On the way the route passes stunning views and great opportunities to explore the varied scenery of the region from rolling hills and moorland to farmland and coastline. The route goes through picturesque towns and villages including Peebles, Melrose and Kelso. There are lovely places to see, high-quality restaurants and coffee stops and historic visitor attractions en-route.

The route can be split in many ways depending on the distance to be cycled each day:

Possible itinerary

  • Melrose – Duns (31 miles)
  • Duns – St Abbs/Eyemouth (25/27 miles)
  • Eyemouth – Kelso (approx 39 miles)
  • Kelso– Hawick (approx 46 miles)
  • Hawick – St Mary’s Loch/Tweedsmuir (approx 33/39 miles)
  • Tweedsmuir – Peebles ( approx 23 miles)
  • Peebles – Melrose (42 miles)

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us to protect this route

The Scottish Borders Loop is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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