Direction to visit Abbotsford House - Unique Route
The above map shows how the Sir Walter Scott Way deviates from the
Southern Upland Way between the modern Tweed Bridge just to the SE of
the Kingsknowe Hotel and Lowood Bridge to the west of Melrose.
The more detailed maps are given for the two junction points.
These maps are not to an exact scale but are given as a useful guide
to the route.
* Shortly after passing Abbotsford House, on the right across the River
Tweed, the way arrives at a carpark below a high modern bridge.
* At (1) the SUW keeps to the grass bank, the Sir Walter Scott Way
takes to the road and turn left along the side of recreation fields at
* Shortly the route turn sharp left up a narrow road (2) at the old
gatehouse for the Kingsknowe Hotel
* Within approx. 30 mtrs. take the steps to the right (3) onto the road
connection Galashiels to Tweedbank and Melrose.
* Cross the bridge on the footpath on the north side and immediately on
the other side turn left at (4)
* Instantly there is a small path to the left that turns under the
bridge. To access Abbotsford House take this way to (4A).
* The route is down a wooded track (photo left) towards the river,
meeting another track at which point turn left and walk to the top of
* At the road turn right for 10 metres to access the grounds and house
* Having seen the Ancestral Home of Sir Walter Scott return to the Way
by retracing the route to point (4).
* Continue NE on the footpath running between the River Tweed and the
houses of Tweedbank.
* After a descent there is a Y junction on the path (5), take to the left.
* As the river comes back into view on the left (photo right) there is
a second junction, this time take to the left and then immediately right.
*This riverside path is close to the Tweed and there are attractive
views towards the bridge that was orignially a railway bridge carrying
the Waverley line between Galashiels and Melrose.
*Close to the bridge the path rises towards an electrical pylon, keep
to the path closest to the river and pass under an arch of the bridge.
* The way is along a grass bank on the south side of the Tweed for
about one mile
* With Lowood Bridge clearly visible the path enters a wooded area, climbing for a very short distance till reaching the private drive to Lowood House
* At the drive (6) turn left and walk the 100 yards to the gatehouse and the public road.
* Cross the public road at the traffic lights and follow the pavement
for a further 50 yards
* There is a stile on the left (7), this be opposite a small road
* Cross the stile, you are again on the line of the SUW with access
to waymarking for all the remainder of the route.
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