Route Beautiful Borders Distance 51 miles Time 70 mins Description Enjoy the scenic route to Scotland
Heading into Scotland by motorway can be a souldestroying experience, so this route is one of the decent alternatives that will give you a sample of what the country has to offer.
Leaving the M6 near Carlisle, join the A7 north for a run through the Scottish Borders. There’s little in the way of fanfare as you cross the border itself, but the change of nation becomes more apparent as the number of Saltires increases with each passing mile.
The route rubs shoulders with the River Esk before crossing it just south of Langholm, where the river cascades down over the rocks to catch your eye as you head north. After Langholm the A7 continues to sway past the hills until reaching Hawick, the border town that was home to TT heroes Jimmy Guthrie and Steve Hislop. From here it’s a final gentle run north to Selkirk. There’s the option to cut west through the Borders to run up towards Glasgow and the Highlands, or to go north towards Edinburgh and take the Forth Bridge up towards the Cairngorms. Either way, now you’re in Scotland it’s difficult to go far wrong.
Pop in to Hawick and visit Steve Hislop