Burnbrae self catering cottages are set within a homestead of approximately twenty acres of farmland which now lie fallow. They are blissfully quiet and peaceful and have lovely views across working farmland in all directions, and southwards to the Cheviot hills.

And it’s all easily accessible from your cottage door. How about an early morning stroll down to the burn? Maybe a riverside walk with your dog? Or perhaps taking a day to complete a stretch of the Borders Abbeys Way? The rolling Borders countryside means you can make your walks as easy or as testing as you wish. In the information folder in each cottage are some suggested walks from Burnbrae Holidays cottage doors. (More walks coming). As a family of keen walkers, we are happy to suggest walks to suit your abilities.

With some 1,500 miles of dedicated, waymarked walking routes, the Scottish Borders is a walker’s paradise. Six national routes pass through the Borders, including The Pennine Way, The Southern Upland Way, The Borders Abbeys Way, and the recently-introduced John Buchan Way – although it’s a wee bit further than 39 Steps!

Each September the Scottish Borders hosts a WALKING FESTIVAL (the longest established in Scotland) which is based around one of the Borders towns for up to a week at a time, with 3 to 5 led walks every day. Due to Covid-19 the 2020 festival has been cancelled. Hopefully it will retrun in 2021.

Some useful links for Scottish Borders walks

Some suggested WALKS directly from Burnbrae Holidays cottages, a copy is in the information folder in your cottage, waiting for you. We also have local OS maps available to borrow.

FOR A BOOKLET OF 11 PATHS AROUND KELSOThere is a copy in each cottage.

WALK SCOTTISH BORDERS Information about walking in the Scottish Borders. Walks of different lengths from an hour to 4 days.

WALKING SUPPORT offers information and support about long distance walking, guided and self led, in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland.


BORDERS ABBEY WAY WALK passes within 2 miles of Burnbrae.

A 65 mile circular walk in the heart of the Scottish Borders, passing by four 12th Century Abbeys and through several local Border Towns.