Jedburgh Town Centre

© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Things To Do In The Scottish Borders Itinerary

Our big cities may have their fair share of exciting attractions, but did you know our regions have lots of hidden gems to discover too? When it comes to your next holiday, slow and steady could win the race. Let us introduce you to the Scottish Borders. From its rolling hills, adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking trails, distilleries and historic castles and abbeys, there's so many reasons why the Scottish Borders is the perfect holiday destination.

To help you make the most out of your time here, we're taking things slowly with our 4-day itinerary as you take in its wonderful sights dotted across the region, so you don't miss out on anything special. Enjoy!

Start / Finish
Peebles / Hawick
  • Days
    4
  • Distance
    87 Miles

    139.2 km
  • Transport
    Car
  • Main theme
    Activities
Highlights
Beautiful botanic gardens
Cycling
Stunning walking routes
Historic museums and abbeys
Chocolate making workshop at Cocoa Black
Distillery tour of The Borders Distillery
Areas covered
South

Day 1 Peebles

Transport:
Car

We're off to kickstart our slow adventure in the pretty town of Peebles. Situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders and just a 45-minute drive from Edinburgh, get ready to invest your time in the town's wonderful array of attractions. Reinvigorate your senses by heading out into the fresh air, you'll find lots of walking routes with different lengths. Why not round off your day with a special treat by paying a visit to Cocoa Black for pure chocolate indulgence?

  • Dawyck Botanic Garden Stobo

    Dawyck Botanic Garden

    Retreat away from the crowds and enter the peaceful oasis that is Dawyck Botanic Garden. Home to a stunning collection of trees and shrubs, you'll be impressed by its vibrant bursts of colour all year round. When spring has sprung see swathes of snowdrops or immerse yourself in autumn colours, with hues of mustard yellows, glowing oranges, and vibrant reds to help you celebrate this picturesque season.

    After exploring the garden, you'll have no doubt worked up an appetite. Stop off and soak in the views at the café. You'll find lots of tasty dishes to choose from and with their Taste Our Best accreditation, you can never go wrong on quality here.

    Did you know? Dawyck Botanic Garden is just one of the many attractions that can be found along the John Buchan Way. This 13-mile route which starts in Peebles and finishes in Broughton boasts stunning scenery and a wide variety of attractions. Highlights include Caidemuir Hill, Stobo Kirk, John Buchan Centre and Neidpath Castle.

    If you're willing to explore more of Peebles on foot, check out these other fantastic walking routes.

    Find out more about Dawyck Botanic Garden
    Stobo, Stobo, EH45 9JU
    Key facilities
    • Parking
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Hearing Loop
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Level Access
    • Accessible toilets
    • WiFi
    • Cafe or Restaurant
  • Cocoa Black Peebles

    Cocoa Black chocolates

    © Cocoa Black Limited

    If you're looking to sweeten up your day, we've got just the treat for you! Head to Cocoa Black and live your dreams of becoming a master chocolatier. Put on your apron and head into the kitchen where you'll be taught how to make delicious desserts from afternoon teacakes, pastries, and even vegan chocolates. At the end of your class, you'll be able to take home your wonderful creations to try out. Mmmm!

    Find out more about Cocoa Black
    1 - 2 Cuddybridge, Peebles, EH45 8HX
    Key facilities
    • Parking
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Level access to dining room, cafe or restaurant
    • Level Access
    • Accessible toilets
    • WiFi

Day 2 Innerleithen and Duns

Transport:
Car
Cycling

You've taken walking in your stride but now it's time to enjoy the thrill of mountain biking. With four downhill trails to choose from, Innerleithen is an outdoor haven for every cyclist. In the afternoon, brush up on your Scottish history with a visit to Traquair House, the most prominent Jacobite house in South Scotland. If motorsport gets your heart racing, take a trip down memory lane at the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum where you will learn more about one of the greatest racing drivers of all time.

  • Innerleithen 7Stanes Innerleithen

    Innerleithen 7stanes

    Fancy an adrenaline rush? Explore the Borders' natural beauty on two wheels with Innerleithen 7Stanes. Located at Innerleithen Forest, this is a prime location for downhill riders and offers four main tracks to hone your skills. If you really want to test your mountain bike out, take on the challenging red-graded Innerleithen XC trail. This thrilling single-track route is complete with lots of jumps and drop offs for a challenging but fun ride.

    It's not just mountain biking that Innerleithen is renowned for. Cool down and take a leisurely stroll through the forest with lots of walking trails to choose from or take in the beautiful scenery while on horseback.

    Find out more about Innerleithen 7Stanes
    Traquair Forest, Innerleithen, EH44 6PW
  • Traquair House Innerleithen

    Traquair House Courtyard

    © Traquair House

    Explore Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, a former royal hunting lodge dating from 1107 which remains a family home to this day.

    Wander round the beautiful rooms, tour Traquair House Brewery and navigate your way around the maze.

    While you’re there find out more about Traquair House’s Jacobite connections - in the 1700s the earls of Traquair supported the Jacobite cause. Bonnie Prince Charlie even visited the house in 1745.

    Find out more about Traquair House
    Traquair House, Innerleithen, EH44 6PW
    Key facilities
    • Parking
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Accessible toilets
    • WiFi
    • Cafe or Restaurant
  • Jim Clark Motorsport Museum Duns

    Jim Clark Motorsport Museum

    You don't need to live life in the fast lane to enjoy this wonderful attraction. Discover the incredible legacy of racing driver, Jim Clark. From his humble beginnings working as a farmer in the Scottish Borders to becoming the most decorated Formula One driver of all time, take a trip down memory lane to look back on his remarkable career. Watch short films of him competing in races, browse through his impressive trophy cabinet and view two of his winning race cars, the Lotus Cortina and the Lotus 25.

    Find out more about the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum
    Time to explore
    2 hours
    44 Newtown Street, Duns, TD11 3AU
    Key facilities
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking
    • Hearing Loop
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Level Access
    • Accessible toilets
    • WiFi

Day 3 Melrose

Day 4 Kelso, Jedburgh and Hawick

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