Walking in Peebles
Peebles is perfectly placed for novices and experienced walkers alike.
With the Moorfoot Hills to the north, Southern Uplands to the south, Cardrona Forest a couple of miles away, and Glentress Forest quite literally next door, there’s plenty to explore. Start with an enchanting walk along the banks of the River Tweed towards Neidpath Castle, or climb nearby Cademuir Hill for some great views.
Here’s just a few of our favourite walks. Remember, our reception team can point you in the direction of more great walks in the area.
Neidpath Castle and Tweed Walk
An enchanting walk along the River Tweed. You head upstream from Peebles along the river’s lush banks, passing the dramatic Neidpath Castle. The trail takes you over the river and up to a viewpoint, then down through the woods and back to Peebles. It’s 3.75 miles, and takes about two hours.
Venlaw and Soonhope Burn
A walk through community woodland along Soonhope Glen, with exquisite views. It follows quiet roads and tracks along the valley to Venlaw Hill, then circles back towards Peebles. The woodland and rough grass supports many different species – from owls and peregrines to voles and other small mammals, so keep your eyes peeled.
Cademuir Hill Forts and the Tweed
It’s easy to see why there’s a string of Iron Age forts along the ridge of Cademuir Hill; the views stretch for miles in all directions. The walk is nearly eight miles long, and can take up to four and a half hours. You start from Peebles and follow the John Buchan Way, which leads you up along the ridge. You peel off the ridge, and return to
Peebles along the beautiful banks of the Tweed.
Janet’s Brae, Glentress, Eshiels
A seven-mile walk along the riverside, through conifer forest and deciduous woodland. The route starts on the Hydro’s doorstep, and delves into Glentress Forest by Janet’s Brae, following a track to the picturesque Priorsford footbridge. The route continues through Eshiels Community Woodland, and returns to Peebles along the river.
Dun Rig Horseshoe
This is a great hill walk from Peebles, covering 14.5 miles and climbing the four peaks around Glensax. The views are far-reaching, with a trig point at Dun Rig at 744m. It’s best to do the walk in summer: the snow can make it tricky in the winter months.