The 21st Scottish Borders Walking Festival, a week long celebration of walking and the countryside will be hosted by Galashiels from 6th to 12th September 2015.

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Gala Water shall not hold me –
Tho’ its mem’ries fair enfold me –
Nor many-gabled Abbotsford, so stately and so still;
For I’ll hasten to the vision
Of a valley fair, Elysian,
And gaze on Scotland’s Eden from the spur of Gala Hill.

Excerpt from The Borderland by Roger Quinn. Read the full poem and a small selection of others by clicking here

The Festival attracts walkers from all over the UK and Europe; some people come for the week, a weekend or just a day. The walks are being planned just now and details will soon appear on this site.

Read more about the walks by clicking here.

Galashiels is one of the largest towns in the Scottish Borders and, although the town has excellent travel and retail facilities, it maintains its rural character couched below the hills and woodlands of the Gala Water valley. You can find out much more about Galashiels by clicking here.

In 2014, the 20th Festival was hosted by Jedburgh and Denholm and in 2016 the hosts will be Coldstream.

Find out more about the history of the Festival by clicking here.

Have a look at photos from past festivals on our Facebook and Flickr pages.