Walking and Hiking Routes

Walking at Bowhill

At Bowhill you can wander and wonder on five way-marked trails that vary in distance and terrain. Whether you are looking for a challenging walk up into the hills or a leisurely stroll in the woods, we have more interesting paths than you can shake an oak stick at.

Pop into our visitor centre to pick up a leaflet on your chosen route, or you can download a map and guide to all the routes here.

Duchess’ Drive – 7 miles

Ascend through the beautiful woodlands before taking in the wonderful views of the Borders from Fastheugh and Newark hills. A stunning route on forest tracks that is moderate/strenuous going.

**Please note there is a temporary diversion on the Duchess’s Drive walking route, due to foresty work. We apologise for the inconvenience, but hope you will enjoy the beautiful and different views the diversion gives.  For more information pop into the shop/office or see the signs on the car park and courtyard notice boards . The diversion does not impact the length of the route or the grading.**

Lady’s Walk – 2 miles

A lovely trail alongside the Yarrow Water which passes several points of historic interest on the way. Moderate going on single-track paths, short climbs and muddy in places.

Bell o’ the Woods – 1 mile

This is a lovely short trail that winds its way through the mixed woodlands Bowhill is renowned for. The single-track path is muddy in places with a short but sharp ascent.

Lochs Walk – 2 miles

If you are only doing one short walk when you visit Bowhill, this should be it. Take in Bowhill’s upper and lower lochs for stunning views of the landscape, woodlands and Bowhill House, the jewel in the crown of the Estate.

Tree Trail – 2 miles

You will encounter 16 very special trees within the hugely diverse and beautiful woodlands of Bowhill. As the trail winds its way through the woods, you will enjoy spectacular views over the House, lochs and surrounding landscape of the Ettrick Valley once part of the royal hunting forests of the Kings of Scotland.

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