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Countryside with Easy Access

Places to visit in the Scottish Borders with some access for wheelchair users. The following web pages provide information on some good places to visit and enjoy wildlife in the countryside of the Scottish Borders. It is hoped that this will be of some assistance to wheelchair-users and others with limited mobility to plan a visit to the countryside. For many of the sites there is a contact ... [more]


List of Locations

Scottish Borders Countryside with Easy Access Web pages on this website are listed here Countryside with Easy Access Places to visit with some access for wheelchair users. Over 40 locations in the Scottish Borders with Countryside interest and either free of charge or minimal parking etc charge (For information on locations outwith the Scottish Borders area look up www.walkingonwheels.o ... [more]


Forests - Glentress, near Peebles, Ponds walk and Osprey viewing centre

FORESTRY COMMISSION SCOTLAND - GLENTRESS FOREST by PEEBLES Open all year. Access viewpoints, picnic sites, and a trail around the two ponds. Further Access along the other forest roads including to the Iron Age Hut may be possible by arrangement. P Parking at viewpoints and Picnic areas - no special provision WC Wheelchair access toilet at Red Squirrel Car Park and at Hub Cafe. THE PONDS WA ... [more]


Forests - Cardrona Forest near Peebles

FORESTRY COMMISSION SCOTLAND - CARDRONA FOREST Forest tracks provide easy access to stream edge and edge of forest. Slightly sloping paths, firm in dry weather. Some broadleaf trees near picnic area at Car Park. Follow main track up burn for a few hundred metres beyond gate then return when track becomes steep. Tall forest trees. Spruce, and other timber trees. Leaflet dispenser at toilets. Look ... [more]


Forests - Thornylee and Muckle Moothed Meg sculpture

FORESTRY COMMISSION SCOTLAND- THORNYLEE NEAR CLOVENFORDS, GALASHIELS Thornylee Forest Picnic area and Muckle Moothed Meg sculpture. On the A72 between Clovenfords and Walkerburn Open all year. Short path with low gradient to interpretation sign and sculpture with views. Picnic tables. P Parking is available adjacent to the sculpture - No special provision WC Nearest wheelchair access RADAR toi ... [more]


Forests - Craik Forest, near Hawick

FORESTRY COMMISSION SCOTLAND - CRAIK FOREST,NEAR HAWICK Forest walk, Picnic area, stream, ponds, information. Located approximately 7 miles south of Hawick. Signed from 1 mile south of Hawick .Take the Roberton road from the A7. Scenic drive to forest through farmland and forestry. Large car park area with picnic tables near stream and ponds. From here there is a short path which is level hard ... [more]


Forests - Newcastleton Ponds walk

FORESTRY COMMISSION SCOTLAND DRAGONFLY PONDS WALK AT DYKECROFTS NEWCASTLETON From Newcastleton turn left at the signs for Forestry Commission Dykecrofts at the end of the village to the south. Dykecrofts visitor centre has accessible toilet and leaflets. From Dykecrofts continue by car along road which becomes rougher to the car park. From the car park the ponds walk can be viewed. Picnic table ... [more]


Woodlands - The Hirsel, Coldsteam

Woodland walks, picnic area, lake, magnificent trees, courtyard museum, restaurant, childrens play area. Open all year.The Black (Crooks) route (1 mile) follows the quiet estate roads by the lake and many interesting trees. It continues along a fairly level woodland path, with a short steep section past the walled garden. Ability Centre members recommend following the route in a clockwise directio ... [more]


Woodlands - Wooplaw near Lauder

Community Woodland-Wooplaw Woods, Blainslie near Lauder Open all year. Wooplaw is a Community Woodland run by local people. It has level, hard surfaced, wide footpaths from either of the 2 car parks. These lead to barbecue/picnic area, and log cabin. Picnic tables have spaces for wheelchair users. Open fire site with seats. Door to log cabin narrow with lip. Inside cabin there are seats,table a ... [more]


Woodlands - Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre by Ancrum, Jedburgh

Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, by Ancrum Free entry. Centre, toilets etc Open April to October 10:00am-5:00 pm. Walk routes open all year. Woodland, pond, wildlife garden, exhibitions, children's play area, shop and tearoom. Courtyard picnic area has accessible picnic tables. Cricket Park Walk - 1 mile of path in woodland with gentle gradient and a few rough patches, suitable fo ... [more]


Woodlands- Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre Wildlife Garden

Wildlife Garden adjacent to main visitor centre. See separate entry for Visitor Centre. Harestanes Wildlife Garden is an example of many wildlife habitats in a garden sized space. Willow tunnel at entrance,Information Board, Pond with platform and barrier fence, Drystane Dyke, Nectar Border, Mixed hedge, Annual meadow, Permanent meadow, Natural sculpture. Look out for : Frogs in pond in March ... [more]


Woodlands - Gala Policies

Gala Policies, by Swimming Pool, Galashiels Open all year. Old Oak trees, policy woodland trees, pond and some bench seats. There is a network of paths, some of which are hard even surfaced paths. A wide hard surfaced path with low gradients can be followed to a viewpoint. A hard level surfaced path through the grass area will take you from the old driveway to the pond. Boardwalk path aroun ... [more]


Woodlands - Gala Policies – Easy Access Path to Viewpoint

A wide hard surfaced path with low gradients can be followed to a viewpoint. Gala Policies, by Swimming Pool, Galashiels Open all year. From behind the swimming pool, go along the wide path which was the old driveway. Continue on the same driveway keeping to the right of a grassy area. Follow the driveway as it sweeps to the left to reach a mound which is the site of the New Gala House. At th ... [more]


Woodlands – Bowhill House & Country Estate, near Selkirk

Bowhill, near Selkirk Bowhill House & Country Estate – home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch Opening dates vary between Easter and August, please contact Bowhill for details. Entrance Charge applies during open season. Visitor centre, located within the courtyard area is accessible and has a variety of outdoor information from tree identification displays, leaflets, Rangers noticeboard ... [more]


Woodlands - Violet Woods Hawick

Violet Woods- Millennium Nature Trail. This is not a wheelchair accessible route, however it is an easy woodland walk for people with no mobility problems. A rough woodland path with mainly gentle slopes. Some steeper sections. The path is 2km or about a mile and a half long. Look out for the signs at Wilton Dean Road and follow the path through the woodland. Bench seats along the way. Views ac ... [more]


Parklands – Wilton Lodge Park Hawick

Extensive park area at the edge of Hawick steeped in Hawick history. Wide tarmac paths with only a few slopes and uneven sections. Paths follow the river Teviot and bridges over the river allow views of trout and riverside birds such as mallard, blackheaded gulls and oystercatcher. Further paths return to the museum through the park. Some natural woodland and some manicured lawns with colourful ... [more]


Parklands - Wilton Lodge Park Walled garden

Walled gardens with colourful displays of flowers. Main paths providing access to colourful floral displays are wide gently sloping and level. Bench seats. Glasshouse with indoor plants. Look out for Colourful dispays of dalias, marigolds, salvia, sedum, geranium and many other flowers. Pleasantly scented sweet peas, honeysuckle, roses and nicotiana. Blackbirds, Song Thrush, blue tit, ... [more]


Parklands - Waverley Walk Hawick

The old railway path from Teviotdale Leisure Centre to near Mansfield Park Rugby grounds. Flat tarmac path with childrens playground, bench seats, and views across Hawick. Trees include Copper Beech, Apple and elder. Birds include Woodpigeon and blackbird. In the summer flowers include rosebay willowherb and dovesfoot cranesbill. Main path is flat wide tarmac. Paths from this old railway go ... [more]


Parkland- Sleepy Valley, Hawick

A lovely walk, along a burn, beside woodland. Bench seats provide a stopping off point to view the trees and water. A flat level tarmac path leads to the childrens play park and across bridges over the burn. This is a short circular pathway. How to get there- Sleepy Valley is at the edge of Hawick near Burnfoot houses and across the road from the Burnfoot Industrial Estate. P A small parking ... [more]


Parklands - Scott Park Galashiels and St Pauls Church

Public Park area at Scott Park Galashiels and Peregrine Falcon roost site at St Pauls Church. Mature Oak and Parkland Trees, Playpark, parkland and formal shrub areas. Bench seats along path edges. Peregrine Falcon often can be viewed on the church tower. Entry to park from Livingston Place near Swimming Pool or from Elm Row. Follow the route of the Southen Upland Way through the park. ... [more]


Parklands -Tweedbank Family Nature Trail

Nature trail around Tweedbank Park and Gunknowe Loch. Trail designed and signed by local schoolchildren at Tweedbank Primary School. Signposted route around Grassy areas with trees. Wide tarmac paths around main part of route. Bench seats. Childrens Play Area. Around half a mile/ 1km of paths. Look out for Hazel, Field Maple and Lime trees, also signs of pine cones that have been nibbled by s ... [more]


Parklands - Duns Public Park

Public Park with specimen trees, bench seats, childrens playpark, War memorial, statue. There is a pleasant flat, wide tarmac path around the park. Tree trail. Look out for : Conkers from Horse chestnut trees, Weeping ash, Variegated holly, oak, lime, beech, sycamore, alder. Area planted with alder, downy birch and willow for biodiversity. Parking : Parking in Car park adjacent to park Toilet ... [more]


Historic Garden - Greyfriars garden Jedburgh

Jedburgh Friary Wheelchair access only to viewpoint at entrance to the garden. Steps provide access to Garden. Rough grass paths to view parts of old friary, trees and herb garden. Steps to further viewpoint. Even though nothing remains standing above ground, what remains is still the most extensive Franciscan Friary to be seen in Scotland. In the 15th century, Sir Andrew Ker of Ferniehirst pr ... [more]


History - Trimontium Roman site near Melrose

Trimontium is the site of a Roman Settlement near Melrose. A "The Three Hills" exhibition is in the centre of Melrose at the Ormiston Institute. Accessible building and most exhibits can be viewed from wheelchair level. The Trimontium site has some Information panels on the route between Newstead, near Melrose and Leaderfoot Viaduct. The Trimontium stone is also seen on this old road ... [more]


Historic Viewpoint - Scotts View, near Melrose

Viewpoint of the River Tweed and the Eildon Hills, also the Black Hill of Earlston. A different view each season of the year. Sir Walter Scott stopped here on his carriage journeys to and from nearby ... [more]


Historic Viewpoint - Soutra Aisle near Lauder

Partially restored ruins, information cairn, viewpoint. The site of the ancient sanctuary and once powerful hospice of Soutra. Used during the 17th Century. As well as a hospital the site included bakery, pharmacy, and stables. Plant remains have been found at the site and information boards give details of plant remains and some possible uses of them in a hospital situation. From Car Park ... [more]


History - William Wallace statue near Dryburgh, St Boswells, Melrose

Red Sandstone statue of William Wallace. Views of Eildon Hills and surrounding area. Hard surfaced footpath from car park is approximately 1km (half a mile or so)long. Path is fairly level and hard. P ... [more]


History - Kelso Abbey, Kelso

Kelso Abbey is in the centre of Kelso. Cared for by Historic Scotland The west end of the great abbey church of the Tironensians, brought to Kelso in 1128 by David I. Even in its fragmentary state, this is a superb piece of architecture. Wheelchair access to entrance and information board. The surface is hard flat gravel in the main area at the centre of the abbey ruins. Easy access to ... [more]


History Kelso Abbey from War Memorial Garden

War Memorial Gardens. War memorial, bench seats, flower beds, display flower bed, Views to Kelso Abbey and also to the smiling face view of the Abbey. War memorial has a few steps to get up to main area. Colourful flower beds provice a scenic view of Kelso Abbey and the Horse Chestnut tree in the grounds. Access to the garden is via the pavement adjacent to Kelso Abbey. P Parking nearest w ... [more]


History - Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre, Jedburgh

Historic House in the centre of Jedburgh. History and Highlights This 16th Century Tower House, set in a pear-tree garden in the heart of Jedburgh, explores the life of Scotland’s tragic queen (who stayed here in 1566) through paintings, textiles and objects associated with her. Visitor Centre staff available on reception. Audio tour, foreign language guides, gifts, books and souvenirs avai ... [more]


History- Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre- Gardens

Public Gardens in the historic grounds of Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre.Pear Garden and floral displays. The gardens have descendants of the original pear trees planted in the area adjacent to Jedburgh Abbey which supplied fruit to the London Market in the early 1800s. To ensure that the original stock continued into the new century, a number of pear trees were grafted, grown on and planted ... [more]


History - Jedburgh Castle Jail and museum

Historic Building and grounds Get a taste of life behind bars in this 1820s jail – a model prison in its day but now a bit spooky! Also discover the history of the Royal Burgh of Jedburgh. An impressive building with fine views. Audio tour, foreign language and children’s guides, audio-visual display on ground floor for wheelchair users. Accessibility Wheelchair access throughout the bui ... [more]


Coastal-Coldingham Sands

Sandy beach with picnic tables, paved path to paved area and bench. Coastal plants include cowslips in spring, restharrow and marram grass. Birds to look out for at sea include gannets, Herring gulls, ... [more]


Coastal - Eyemouth Harbour

Eyemouth Harbour and Promenade Wheelchair access from swimming pool - path adjacent to Beach - go to harbour for birdwatching. Also well fed seals can be seen near fish stall in summer. Seasonal Tour ... [more]


Coastal - St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve

St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve The Marine Reserve Ranger may present an illustrated talk to local groups on request. This talk shows some of the wildlife to be found on the Reserve. On request, a special rockpool wildlife activity can be arranged (possibly with help from Scottish Borders Council Countryside Rangers), if a group or individual would like a hands-on experience of som ... [more]


Coastal - St Abbs Head , St Abbs near Eyemouth

Visitor Centre and Sea cliffs. For Visitor Centre. Wheelchair users may park in the area below Visitor Centre where there is a hard level path to toilets, tearoom and craft shops. Main Car Park has gravel with ramped path to Visitor Centre. Pictures of the cliff-nesting birds may be viewed at the visitor centre on a video screen. Tea Room has access for wheelchair users. Free leaflet avail ... [more]


Coastal - Burnmouth shore

Rocky shore at Lower Burnmouth. Grassy picnic area with views of shore birds and coastline. It is possible to birdwatch from your car here. At the harbour boats can be seen and creels for lobsters an ... [more]


Rivers - Melrose Cauld and Gattonside Suspension Bridge

The chain bridge is ramped and affords views of the river. From the Melrose side of river the level path leads to a viewpoint over an old mill cauld. Look out for heron, grey wagtail, gooseander, dip ... [more]


Rivers- Jedburgh Riverside Park South

Jedburgh A section of the Borders Abbeys Way along the Jed Water in the town centre with views of the river,and the abbey. Bench seats, Information boards, Sculpture Huttons Unconformity Sculpture By Max Nowell. Path along riverside through Lothian Park to Cauld and alongside river and park. From Lothian Park cross bridge to join the Borders Abbeys Way through underpass on level tarmac path to ... [more]


Rivers - Jedburgh Riverside Path North

A section of the Borders Abbeys Way. Hard tarmac level path in the centre of Jedburgh. Access near cauld short slightly rough section at start leads to level hard path alongside Jed Water. Cliffs on opposite bank are host to trees, and birds. Picnic tables, bench seats, bridge with view of river. Look out for. Rooks, mallard, Grey Heron, grey wagtail, pied wagtail dipper. Willow trees P ... [more]


Burn Mill Footpath, Lauder

Fairly level paths along this burn. First short section is level and wide to Picnic Area. By crossing the burn over the wooden bridge a short circular route can be taken. Path continues along fairly level paths, with a narrow section. Boardwalks and bridges have a low step up to level surfaces. Narrow bench seats. Look out for Tadpoles in Spring, Alder, Willow, Knapweed, Yellowhammer. ... [more]


Rivers- Peebles Hay Lodge Park

Paths by the River Tweed. Tarmac paths level by river for some sections, bench seats, river views. From Car park opposite Hay Lodge Park access park via fairly steep tarmac path to reach level wide tarmac path over Fotheringill Bridge with ramps and along riverside to Tweed Bridge with ramps and cross the river by Tweed bridge or lower footbridge with ramps. Return to car park by pavement on main ... [more]


Rivers- Tweed viewpoints

Rhymers Stone near Melrose Parking adjacent to viewpoint by opening the gate. Seat. Path Wheelchair accessible with assistance although bumpy as it is cobbled with ridges. Views to Leaderfoot, Black ... [more]


Rivers- Salmon ladder, Philiphaugh by Selkirk

Salmon viewing area by River Ettrick at Salmon ladder on the cauld. Level stone path with short steep section is a bit rough and gravelly. Path goes from Car park and Visitor Centre across a bridge by the old restored waterwheel. Wheelchairs may get wheels stuck in largeish slats of bridge. Path goes along edge of field for around quarter of a mile to reach the riverside. Return on same path. Vis ... [more]


Rivers - Selkirk Riverside path

Selkirk Riverside footpaths by the River Ettrick Start at Selkirk Swimming Pool car park. From the end of the car park follow the riverside path downstream a short distance to a ramped bridge. Cros ... [more]


Rivers - Mayfield Riverside path Kelso

Riverside Path by Tweed in Kelso From Kelso Abbey a fairly steep slope path leads to the riverside path by the Rennie bridge. To access the path but avoid this slope access the riverside path from Knowes car park or park at riverside near Mayfield garden centre. Other paths are level wide tarmac. Bench seats, riverside views.Plaque marking spot where Walter Scott sat under a tree reading Bishop ... [more]


Grey Mares Tail, by Moffat

Waterfall in upland countryside. Visitor Centre with information on Peregrine falcons and upland wildlife.Views of surrounding countryside. Visitor Centre is ramped and includes a closed circuit television view of nesting peregrine falcons. Managed by the National Trust for Scotland. New footbridge provides access to view waterfall. Look out for Oblong Woodsia fern, foxgloves, ravens, a weary w ... [more]


Lochs and Reservoirs - Tweedbank

Gunsknowe Loch, Tweedbank Hard path all the way around the pond. There is also access on some level tarmac paths in park area around it. Bench seats. A wide variety of wildfowl. Village shop adjacent to pond access by gently sloping tarmac paths. Look out for: mallards, swans, coots, tufted duck, moorhen, greylag geese, black headed gulls. In summer nesting birds include mute swan and coot Pa ... [more]


Lochs and reservoirs - Bemersyde Moss near St Boswells

Large marsh area with birds. Geese roost here in winter. Birdwatching is from an easy access bird hide (with ramp) a few metres through the woodland from the road verge. Information on birds inside the hide. How to get there - From Scotts View go south into Bemersyde village and turn left. Go straight on at the first junction with the Moss visible below the road. Turn left past Whitrighill. The b ... [more]


Lochs and Reservoirs - Duns Castle Estate Nature Reserve

Path to Estate fields and Hen Poo Loch. Bench seats, Swans ducks and geese. Hard tarmac fairly level driveway from estate entrance to Castle entrance arch. Hard tarmac level path to cattle grid. Gate beside cattle grid has gate and grassy section to further level tarmac path to loch. Bench seats by loch with views across loch to Duns Castle and woodland. Woodland on the estate is managed with th ... [more]


Lochs and Reservoirs - Lindean Loch, near Selkirk

Lindean Reservoir Wheelchair access path to loch-side platform for views over the loch. The loch has interesting flora and birdlife. Leaflet. Look Out for Orchids and Wild flowers in Spring, Whooper Swans in winter. How to get there: From the A7 between Selkirk and Galashiels, take the road at Lindean past Lindean village Hall and continue for about a mile or so, go straight on at a juncti ... [more]


Lochs and Reservoirs - St Marys Loch and Loch of the Lowes

Lochs with views of surrounding hillsides. Layby at edge of St Marys Loch provides views of Bowerhope across the loch and wildflowers on roadside meadow. Parking at Oxcleuch Haugh between the two ... [more]


Lochs and Reservoirs - Megget Reservoir near St Marys Loch

It is possible to drive a car up to the reservoir where there is a car parking area. The road between Megget and Talla is not suitable for coaches. There are information boards, which are on a grass area, with a kerb, adjacent to the car park. Information on the water supply and local wildlife. Views across the reservoir. Wild flowers typical of upland areas in summer. Look out for Tormentil,he ... [more]


Last Update: 20/12/2011

Scottish Borders Countryside with Easy Access