The Sir Walter Scott Way is a 92 mile / 148 kilometre cross-country walk between Moffat in South Central Scotland to Cockburnspath on the South East Scottish Coastline. It runs through lowland valleys, by lochs and reservoirs, alongside the River Tweed and its tributories, over several Corbetts and through communities of history and interest.
Along its length there are numerous connections with Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland's greatest writers. It was indeed this countryside that inspired many of his great poems and novels, and where he spent a very large part of his life.
The Way follows, except for three small sections, the waymarked line of the eastern section of the Southern Upland Way and as such it is not a totally unique route. However the Way was defined back in 2002 with a specific historical connection as well as a length and variety of terrain to suit the growing number of walkers undertaking 5 to 7 day long-distance walking routes.
Since its inception it has grown in popularity and many walkers will come and spend a week walking this route, then decide at a later date to return to walk the western section of the Southern Upland Way. What appeals to many is the fact that by walking the Sir Walter Scott Way they have the satisfaction of having enjoyed and completed a fully recognised walking route which at 92 miles in length is in itself a significant achievement.
The background images are views from the Way including Abbotsford.