Winter Wonderland Walks in the Scottish Borders

  • Peebles
  • Cademuir
  • Glentress
  • OId Melrose
  • Pentlands

Winter in OxtonWinter in OxtonImage by Carol Houghton

Snow-coated valleys, frost-tipped evergreens, twittering robins and even the odd deer — the Scottish Borders are truly stunning in winter.

So if you're looking for ideas for scenic walks to enjoy on a Borders getaway, then here's where to find your very own winter wonderland...

Pretty Peebles
When it is covered in snow, Peebles looks just like one of those old-fashioned advent calendar images. The town is particularly scenic from the vantage point of the River Tweed, so we suggest that you take a stroll along the banks past the Old Parish Church and bridge.

Afterwards, why not head into town and reward yourself for your exertions with a delicious afternoon tea?

The Tweed and the parish church in winter, PeeblesThe Tweed and the parish church in winter, PeeblesImage by Jim Barton, Creative Commons

Captivating Cademuir
Not far from Peebles is the peaceful and atmospheric Cademuir Forest. It's actually the smallest forest in the Tweed Valley Park, making it feel almost like your own private woodland. One of its best walking trails leads to Cademuir Hill, which offers stunning snowy vistas of the Tweed Valley.

Red deer sometimes make an appearance in the area too, so if you're lucky, you might get a snapshot of a stag against snow.

Winter in the forest, CademuirWinter in the forest, CademuirImage by Jim Barton, Creative Commons

Glorious Glentress
Next to Cademuir is the bigger Glentrees Forest, which is perfect for a bracing stroll in frosty weather. The forest has a café where you can warm up with a hot drink and there are some wonderful walks to explore.

One of the most fascinating hikes is the Time Trail, which will take you past the Iron Age settlements of Janet's Brae to a vantage point right above the Tweed Valley overlooking the Caddon Hills.

Mysterious Old Melrose
Once the site of a 7th century monastery where St. Cuthbert once lived, Old Melrose is a very photogenic peninsula on the River Tweed.

If you climb to the top of Scott's View (named after the famous writer), then you can enjoy a wonderful view of both the peninsula and the Eildon Hills. And if you visit Old Melrose itself, you will find a lovely furniture studio, bookshop and tearoom.

Old Melrose in winterOld Melrose in winterImage by Walter Baxter, Creative Commons

The Peaceful Pentlands
The Pentlands Hills Regional Park runs all the way from Edinburgh to Carlops in the Borders. In winter, the landscape is hauntingly pretty and woven through with the River Esk and Water of Leith.

There are also various reservoirs — such as Threipmuir — that can sometimes freeze in winter, offering incredibly striking scenery. Keep an eye out for otters and whooper swans too. If you are planning a hike, then make sure to wear waterproof clothing and let others know your route in advance.

Winter over West Linton Golf Club and the Pentland Hills Winter over West Linton Golf Club and the Pentland Hills Image by Visit Scotland

Awesome Oxton
Our very own base of Oxton village has charming winter farmland views in every direction. Take a crisp walk down a snowy lane and you will see sheep in their thick winter coats, stark black trees and bushes covered in scarlet berries. You may also be lucky enough to spot some of our "not so wild" deer or are lovely barn owls.

Snow in Oxton Snow in Oxton Carol Houghton

A landscape painter would definitely have a field day in Oxton and beyond (no pun intended). It is safe to say that the Scottish Borders is an incredible place in wintertime.

Why not explore this amazing region while enjoying the cosy comforts of our charming Rowan glamping pod?

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

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