Go West: a Selkirk circular walk

A lovely seven mile circular walk from The Five Turrets out through The Haining to Bowhill before turning for home past the site of the 1645 Battle of Philiphaugh and back along the Ettrick Water.



7.3 miles. 2 hr 46 min


Start at The Five Turrets and head west up Ettrick Terrace.

Cross the road by The Fleece and walk through the public car park into The Haining.


Pass to the right of the house and bear right along the field edge before climbing over a stile signposted for the Borders Abbeys Way. (Please note: this is a diversion from the map below - the walk previously passed through old woodland which has recently been felled).


Follow the Borders Abbeys Way signposts over fields until you reach a road and turn right to follow this for about a mile. When the road turns right, head straight ahead down a track which soon meets the B7009.



Cross the road and go through the gate marked Oakwood Mill. Go through the farmyard and follow the footpath ahead to the river.


Turn left over a stile and then immediately right over the footbridge. Turn right and then left past the farm cottages and keep going along the road until the road forks right and over a stone bridge.



Cross the main road and take the small road almost opposite. Continue on through the woodland, bearing right when you reach a fork in the road, until you reach the main road again. Turn right and take the second turning to the left.


Walk on until you see the river, then follow it back towards the town. Cross a small footbridge and turn right at the rugby club, past a row of houses.


Turn right at the main road and follow it back up the hill into town.


Get the full route and GPX file here.


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