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Bowhill and Yair Brig circular cycle route

A scenic 16 mile loop along the course of the River Tweed and Ettrick Water around Selkirk. With an added battlefield.

Grade: Leisurely

Distance: 25.4 km (16 miles)

Total ascent: 360 m

Click on the map for full route details and to download GPX data.

Mostly flat and on minor roads and cycle paths, it's particularly suitable for families (a shorter version is also available).

The route heads south west out of Selkirk and loops around to the Bowhill estate (extend it by following the road along to Newark Castle or stop for refreshments next to the main house) and back through Philiphaugh, site of the 1645 battle.

The route then joins the A707 down to Yair Bridge before climbing gently and crossing the Tweed and then the Ettrick, returning to Selkirk along the cycle path alongside the A7.

There's a short climb back into Selkirk, but overall this is a pretty gentle route with plenty of places to stop and take in the view.

Need somewhere to stay?

The route starts and finishes at The Five Turrets, the glamorous self catering holiday property near the centre of town, with fairytale castle looks and accommodation for up to eight people in four double bedrooms. And secure cycle storage on site, of course. The Five Turrets in Selkirk was named by The Sunday Times as one of the top 25 self catering properties in the UK for 2019. Check availability here.

This route was suggested by Scottish Borders cyclist and trail designer Pete Laing.

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