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Walk our way..

As an introduction to hill-walking in Peebles a traverse of Cademuir is hard to beat.  Starting right from our shop door it has forests, pre-historic forts, castles, feats of Victorian engineering and peaceful river-side paths. All packed into a half day walk that leaves plenty of time for coffee, cake and outdoor-gear shopping!

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Ordnance Survey Maps

A vital tool for exploring our valley and hills, we stock local Ordnance Survey maps (£12.99). The pink Landranger series cover a larger area, while the orange Explorer series offer more detail including field boundaries and fences which are key for navigating our often pathless higher hills

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Paths around Peebles

Download this handy booklet produced by our local council.

Paths Around Peebles

A selection of walk ideas from our local tourism organisation

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Scotland Starts Here provides visitor information across Dumfries & Galloway, Scottish Borders and Midlothian and includes dozens of walking route ideas. We recommend using the Map Search to narrow down your choices.

Paths around Towns

Paths Around Peebles is just one of a series of booklets produced by Scottish Borders Council centred on towns and villages throughout the region. You can view and download them all on the council's website. The booklet for our neighbours in Innerleithen & Walkerburn includes routes easily reached from Peebles.


Walkhighlands is a fantastic resource detailing over 2000 walking routes across Scotland. 15 are in the Peebles, Innerleithen and Broughton area all with downloadable gps files. The website is free to use but if you enjoy following it you might like to donate to its upkeep here.

Tweed Valley Forest Park

Our local forests are internationally famed for their mountain bike trails but quieter corners of the Forest Park make for some great walking too.

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Cademuir Forest

Two way-marked trails take you through this quiet forest with its panoramic views of the valley, ideal for wildlife spotting. Easily reached on foot from our town centre.

Cardona Forest

A quiet forest, just a few miles down the valley which has four waymarked routes winding through the trees and includes a ruined 16th century tower house and the remains of a massive iron age fort at Castle Knowe.

John Buchan Way

Linking Broughton and Peebles through landscape that the author of the first spy novel, The 39 Steps, knew well this linear route is described in Paths Around Peebles and also the leaflet you can download below.

John Buchan Way
Scotland's Great Trails

There are over 20 of Scotland's Great Trails, waymarked routes that are found in every corner of the country. One passes right through Peebles and links to others across the Borders

Cross Borders Drove Road

Following routes used by drovers for centuries as they drove cattle from Falkirk and Crieff trysts to markets south of the border this route passes right through Peebles. It links with the Southen Upland Way at Traquair and both the Borders Abbeys Way and the Romans and Reivers Way at Hawick.


One for the bucket list! Peebles is a popular stopping point for many walkers between Lands End and John o'Groats and we enjoy meeting them every year. The hills of Peeblesshire are part of the link between the Pennine Way and the West Highland Way for those heading end to end.

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Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Scotland's enlightened outdoor access laws mean we can all enjoy its open spaces. Please ensure you are familiar with both your rights and your responsibilities under the code.


* please note that the John Buchan Centre in Broughton that is described in the guides for the John Buchan Way is no longer open and its artefacts have been re-located to a display in the Tweeddale Museum in Peebles.

Links to external websites do not indicate an endorsement or an approval by Out & About of the information, services or opinions they include. We do not guarantee the safety of external links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content. Hill and trail walking or hiking can be dangerous and should be undertaken in full consideration and acceptance of your own risk. Out & About does not guarantee the accuracy or suitability of any walks described or linked to, nor does inclusion infer that there is a legal right of way; it is each walker's responsibility to check it for themselves and to navigate using a map and compass.

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