Three Brethren via Selkirk to Abbotsford
This section opens up an alternative and perhaps a more popular route that is full of Sir Walter Scott connections, taking the Way past the famous courthouse where Scott was Depute-Sherriff then towards countryside that falls within the Abbotsford Designed Landscape. Much of the land in the latter part of this section was in the ownership of Sir Walter during the height of his literary career.
The section is from the Three Brethren to Abbotsford and is 10 miles / 16.5 km. This is on hill and grass paths with some farm and forestry tracks and town walking in Selkirk.
The Selkirk route option starts from the three cairns and heads almost due South down hill
towards the Long Philip Burn below. Shortly the path crosses a track that runs from Broadmeadows
to Yair, but do not be tempted to divert from the southerly track.
As the way reaches the A 708 Selkirk to Moffat road the way is close to Selkirk. Exit onto the road and immediately there is a "Y" junction, take to the right hand fork and walk up to the corners at the Selkirk Rugby Ground.
Having crossed the Ettrick River the final stage into the centre of Selkirk is on pavement climbing steadily all
the way. As the route rounds a "Z" bend with a grass green on the left the way soon passes the archway of the
Haining Estate, at this point the Borders Abbeys Way becomes common with the Sir Walter Scott Way and their
waymark signs should now be used for directions(with the exception of the Bridgelands loop) till entering fields east of Lowood.
If however your intention is to make Abbotsford the end of this walking day, remember that the Way is not straight or level and there is a further 8 miles to walk.
Leave the Market Square there are two routes available.
Option 2 - Leave the Square walking along the High Street passing the monuments to Mungo Park and Fletcher. Having
left the built up area the way is on single track road past the French Prisoners Tree and the site of Selkirk Abbey before
turning east to rejoin the other option at Shawmount Farm.
The Way has now returned to a common point at Abbotsford (4a) and from the house it follows the river side round the Tweedbank
Community, past the side of Lowood House and out the estate drive next to the Lowood (Bottle) Bridge. This section of the
Way runs alongside a part of the Borders Abbeys Way and is waymarked accordingly. By clicking
here you can access our more detailed maps of the Abbotsford to Lowood section. Only refer to the parts 4a, 4, 5,6 & 7. To continue with the route into Melrose
and then to Lauder click here.