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Jedburgh - Edinburgh

Between Jedburgh and Edinburgh

Between Jedburgh and Edinburgh

Driving and Detours:

Approximate distance: 48 miles or 77 km. Journey time approximately 2 hours.

A fairly fast road with some stretches of dual-carriageway. Extra care should be taken between St Boswells and Jedburgh due to blind summits on some of the hills. At this point the A68 follows the path of the Roman road built in the second century AD. The scenery is a mixture of woodland and farmland with some moorland at Soutra, between Pathhead and Lauder.

Craigmillar Castle

Castle built around a late 15th century Tower House. Mary Queen of Scots stayed here in 1566 after her visit to Jedburgh.
Off the A7 about 3 miles from the center of Edinburgh

Crichton Castle

near Pathhead, about 12 miles from Edinburgh.

Thirlestane castle

17th century. Remodelled by Sir William Bruce 1630-1710
Lauder, approx. 22 miles from Edinburgh


Melrose Abbey
Abbotsford House, home of Sir Walter Scott
The Eildon Hills
approx 39 miles from Edinburgh

Dryburgh Abbey

and Scott's View
about 3 miles from the A68, turn East at the bridge over the River Tweed


Jedburgh Abbey
Mary Queen of Scots House, Jedburgh
Castle Gaol, Jedburgh

East of Edinburgh on the A1:
Due South of Edinburgh (A703)
East of the A68
West of the A68

Accommodation en route or round about:

For accommodation in Edinburgh, see:
Accommodation in Edinburgh
For accommodation nearby the Edinburgh area see:
Accommodation in the Edinburgh area
Bed & Breakfast accommodation:

Eaglescairnie Mains. Georgian farmhouse bed and breakfast set in 400 acres. 30 minutes from Edinburgh.
Whitestone House, Peebles. Good value bed and breakfast in a Victorian former Manse.
Traquair House, Innerleithen. The oldest inhabited castle in Scotland, bed and breakfast.
Fauhope House. On the edge of Melrose, a fine Arts and Crafts house.


Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso. Georgian coaching inn in one of the prettiest town squares in Scotland.

Self-catering houses and cottages:

Stobo Home Farm, near Peebles. As mentioned in the bed and breakfast section but also sometimes with cottage rental accommodation sleeping 4.
Langhaugh Farm East Wing and Glen Manor, rentals sleep 8 and 6. Near Peebles.
Allanbank Cottages, near Duns. 2 cottages in the country, sleeping 4 each.
Plumbraes Barn, Ednam near Kelso. 3 self catering holiday cottages in farmland in the valley of the Tweed, sleeping 2, 4 and 4/6.
Eildon Holiday Cottages. 6 family cottages, 5 with disabled facilities, on the slopes of the Eildon Hills outside Melrose.

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