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John Buchan Way

For the man who gave us The Thirty Nine Steps, there’s now a long-distance walk that will take you considerably more steps than that. It’s a 13 mile walk through the best of Tweeddale, starting in Peebles.

The route winds through the landscapes that inspired the writer.

Before you even leave the hotel, you’re going to want to stock up on provisions. Now where could you stumble across that? Ah that’s right, at our big breakfast buffet. Continental, sausages, bacon, cereal. Whatever it is you’re after, there’ll be mountains waiting for you.

It’s time to get walking-geared up. Although it is a well-marked path, it is quite exposed, so make sure you’ve got your boots at the ready. Where does the trek begin? Just a three-minute stroll from the hotel, at the house that John’s family lived in.

Take yourself as far as your legs can carry you. The route goes through Cademuir, Stobo and right through Broughton. If you make it all the way to Broughton there’s a bus that can take you back to Peebles. But if that all seems a little much, you can always stop at the midway point in Stobo and pick up where you left off the next day.

Who exactly is this John Buchan? Well he was the first Lord of Tweedsmuir, so he’s a bit of a big deal around these parts. He wrote around 100 books, with 40 of them fictitious novels. He was a politician and then was made the Governer-General of Canada.

He was born in Perth, but took hols in Peebles, just like you. And he’d spend his free time walking. Along the way you’ll find picturesque views and rolling hills, what’s not to love?

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