The Scottish Borders Walking Festival, a week long celebration of walking and the countryside, is held each year in the first full week of September.

The Festival attracts walkers from all over the UK and Europe; some people come for the week, a weekend or just a day to join us.

This year’s Festival, the 21st, will be hosted by the town of Galashiels from 6th to 12th September 2015.

There are several walks to choose from each day of varying degrees of difficulty and varied terrains. It is the longest established walking festival in Scotland, and is hosted each year by different Borders’ communities. The walks are being planned just now and details will soon appear on this site.


Lindean Loch near Galashiels

Tickets are reasonably priced and bus transport is provided where the walk does not start at a Festival Registration Centre. A range of evening events is also put on throughout the week to entertain both visiting walkers and local people. Once these are all planned, booking will open through this site or by email.

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. Galashiels has hidden treasures both within and around the town which you can explore by taking part in the Walking Festival. Really only a village until the late 18th century, the dawn of the industrial revolution and the arrival of the railway transformed Galashiels into a thriving town. The Walking Festival this year coincides with the return of the railway to the region.

In 2014, the 20th Festival was hosted by Jedburgh and Denholm.

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