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. An ideal base from which to walk in the Scottish Borders.

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. 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!

River Teviot
Walking in the hills near Kelso

The Scottish Borders Walking Festival is held in September each year. There will be guided walks daily. More details to follow. This is part of the annual 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 guided walks every day.

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 for you to borrow.r

An easy 7 miles each way Walk from Burnbrae Holidays into Kelso following the Border Abbeys Way. There is a copy in each cottage. You could walk into Kelso for lunch in one of the many delicious cafes then either walk or taxi back to your peaceful cottage for a well-deserved rest.

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

MAP OF SOME of the WALKS NEAR KELSO from Visit Kelso

SCOTLAND STARTS HERE – WALKING Information about walking in the Scottish Borders. Walks of different lengths from an hour to 4 days.

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.