On the banks of the famous River Tweed
Nestled on the edge of the Southern Upland Way, 1 West Bold is the perfect place for walkers to enjoy the open countryside straight from the front door. Walks into the hills through the Forestry Commission and up to the old drove road and The Cheese Well were the drovers stopped for lunch and threw pieces of cheese into the spring head.
From the Cairn the views are simply stunning with even the Cheviot Hills visible in the distance when the weather is clear. The Forestry is now designated for walker’s cyclists and horse riders only so the peace and tranquillity surround you wherever you go. Well laid out roads allow easy access.
Main roads served by busses take you to the local towns of Peebles Innerleithen Galashiels Selkirk and Hawick. Formerly the heart of the woollen industry now more Cashmere on a smaller scale. New breweries and even a distillery are opening in Hawick.
Edinburgh Scotland’s Capital city is easiest accessed via the Train from Galashiels with returns almost until midnight. With its international Tattoo, Festival and Fringe festival.
Day trips as far as Perth, the gateway to the Highlands. Berwick-on-Tweed the England Scotland Historic Border town and trips to the beach at North Berwick are all easily on hand and but a few hours away.
The Borders has a plethora of things to do and see and has a long and sometimes not so glorious history. You are in the heart of Sir Walter Scott country and The Ettrick Shephard. The history of the Border Reivers and Muckle Mouth Meg from Elibank, all on your doorstep.
There are lots of pamphlets and information in the cottage to allow you to plan your trips. Here are a few ideas.
Traquair House - about 2.5 miles along this same back road you are on. It has annual events including a Traquair fair and literary festival. A great day out with a cafe and gardens to wander round as well. Here you will be in the footsteps of Scottish Kings from the past, with the Bear Gates that remain closed until a Stuart once again is on the throne. Turn right out the front door and it is about 3 miles away.
Abbotsford House - The home of Sir Walter Scott and the first house to be opened to the public. Recently been given to the Scottish National Trust on the death of its last owner Jean Maxwell Scott, it has just been renovated and gives a good insight to Sir Walters life.
The Magnificent Floors Castle - home to the Duke of Roxburghe, on the outskirts of Kelso.
Melerstaine - Home to the 14th Earl of Haddington also near Kelso.
Bowhill - Close to Selkirk and home to one of the best private Art collections. Seat of the Duke of Buccleugh.
Henry VIII wreaked havoc on the Abbeys and the remains are well worth seeing.
Dryborough Abbey - where Patricia and Jean Maxwell Scott, descendants of the great bard himself, Sir Walter Scott have been buried in recent times.
Melrose Abbey - situated in a very pretty and really quite English town on the banks of the Tweed. A good selection of shops and a visit to Burts Hotel for lunch is well worth while. Probably the most glorious of the four abbeys.
Kelso Abbey - Again on the Tweed where the most famous fishing can be found where a day ticket for salmon may cost you £1000.
Jedburgh Abbey - closer to the English border and one of these four that were all founded in the reign of David 1st.
Not an abbey but try to see Rosslyn Chapel - You may have heard all about in the book The Da Vinci Code.
No trip to the Borders can ignore Edinburgh now with the added attraction of the new railway that has opened going from Galashiels to the city in under an hour. Edinburgh is not a car friendly city so the train is perfect. Check the timetable but the last train back from Edinburgh leaves at just before midnight.
Visit the Castle, In August you have the world famous International Tattoo, Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Festival, there is Princess Street, Scott Monument and just a host of things to do and see including Museums, galleries, a zoo and Leith docks that have been revitalised. Every type of world food is available including haggis and Scotch beef.
West Bold is well positioned for lots of walking. For those that are not familiar with Scotland there is a right to roam. This allows you to walk responsibly more or less anywhere. Remember if you open a gate to close it behind you.
You are on the edge of the Southern Upland Way. An old drove road that farmers would move their stock to and from market, east to west coast. Many of the older villagers still remember it in use probably until the 1950’s. There is a map hanging in the hallway to study your options and routes.
A picturesque walk to Traquair only 3 miles or so along the back road.
Go up through the Forestry Commission (wooden houses along the road) and up on the hills. A walk to the Cheese well, where the drovers used to stop to eat, or over to the other side of the valley Ettrick, through the heather. There are less strenuous walks on the forestry roads, all shown on the map.
Opposite the cottage there is a walk up into the hills to see the abandoned reservoir that used to power the Mill in Walkerburn, or further along in Innerleithen Lee Pen the highest hill around.
There is a bus service approximately every 20 minutes from Walkerburn to Edinburgh and stopping at all the towns on the way. The same service takes you to Galashiels where you can take a train to Edinburgh or change busses to other Border towns.
There are many cycle ways both in the hills and along the Tweed. A dedicated route to Peebles alongside the Tweed River even with a cycle bridge and tunnel.
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