Leaders: Agnes Waldie and Jane
Swanston Distance: 14.5km/9 miles circular Start: Bus from Market Place Melrose
at 09.30. Walk starts Lauder, 10.00. Finish: Lauder, 15.00 approx. Bus
pick-up from Lauder at 15.30. Grade: moderate/strenuous.
Packed lunch required.
About the walk
This walk visits remote and
abandoned farmsteads and is the
very essence of these quiet and
lonely hills. After leaving Lauder,
the walk follows the Southern
Upland Way to Braidshawrig,
passing Thirlestane Castle which
has 98 rooms and contains the
Border Museum of Country Life. Part of the return route follows the Herring Road by which the monks
and country people brought salted
herring from Dunbar to the Abbeys
and villages of the Borders.