5 Romantic Autumn Walks in the Scottish Borders

  • Scott’s View
  • Glentress Forest
  • Cragbank Woods
  • Bier Law Circular
  • Cademuir Forest

Here are some of the very best spots for a scenic ramble for two...

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If you're planning a romantic autumn glamping escape to the Scottish Borders, then no trip would be complete without an atmospheric hand-in-hand stroll. And from hills to forests to river valleys, there are plenty of beautiful nature spots to enjoy.

But with so many choices, where should you go? To make things easy for you, we've picked out a few of the best autumn walking spots in the Borders:

1. Scott's View at Bemersyde Village
This famously scenic spot overlooking the Tweed River Valley is actually named after Sir Walter Scott, who said it was one of his favourite views. Once you've walked to the top, you can see the three peaks of the Eildon Hills, rolling woodlands and, of course, the Tweed itself.

In autumn, the view is pretty as a picture book and looks extra dramatic when wreathed in morning mist. In fact, the Eildon Hills are actually said to be a gateway to fairyland, so keep an eye out for wee folk too...

2. Glentress Forest
This forest near Peebles is a bit of a showoff as far as autumn colours go. It's also a popular walking spot and there are various trails that you can take. On the tree-lined Pond Trail you can spot red squirrels, herons and bats, while the Burn Trail will take you past tranquil pools and even kissing gates, which would be perfect for a romantic moment. We're just saying.

3. Cragbank Woods Nature Reserve
Cragbank's history stretches very far back in time, making it ideal for an atmospheric ramble. In fact, it is the biggest area of ancient elm, ash and hazel woodland in the whole of the Borders. However, bear in mind that as the woods are on the steep slopes of a gorge, it's quite an energetic hike.

4. Bier Law Circular
This moderate, looping route near Galashiels is seven miles long, but you don't have to walk the whole if it. It will take you around the forested area overlooking the Tweed Valley, meaning you can pause to enjoy some breathtaking vistas along the way. But bear in mind that it can get mucky at sections, so it's best to wear decent walking boots.

5. Cademuir Forest
This woodland near to Peebles is a bit of a hidden treasure. It has two charming trails, one of which will reward you with wonderful views of the Tweed Valley from the top of Cademuir Hill.

Head there early in the morning and you will find the forest veiled in mist, creating a sense that you've entered a secret, enchanted world filled with twittering birdsong. Trust us, it really is worth the early rise (and if you're lucky, you might even spot a red deer darting through the trees).

These are just a few of the wonderful autumn walking spots in the Scottish Borders that are perfect for a tranquil day out for two.

And of course, the best part of any romantic ramble is returning to our Rowan Pod glamping hideaway, jumping into the hot tub together and soaking those tired muscles. Perfect bliss.

You might also like: Country Park, Woods and Riverside Walks.

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