Explore the trails of Cardrona
Cardrona is a large forest that drapes the hillsides on the south side of the Tweed Valley. The trails are great for tranquil walks, gentle cross-country rides and relaxed horse riding. There are lovely views up the Tweed Valley towards Glentress. Our guide map to the Tweed Valley Forest Park will help you explore.
Look out for red squirrels and a wealth of birdlife. Cardrona Tower, built in the 1500s, is now a ruin – but bats think it’s an ideal home. Don’t miss the site of the Iron Age fort at Castle Knowe – the walls are built on top of a layout some 2,000 years old.
Find essentials nearby
You’ll find places to eat and public toilets in Peebles.
Please note, parking charges are as follows:
- £1 for up to 1 hour
- £3 for all day
- £12 for minibus and coach all day
A pleasant stroll through spruce and larch trees alongside the gently-flowing Kirk Burn.
Firm gravel surface with some loose stones. Short section grassed over. Includes moderate slopes and two bridges 0.9m wide.
¼ miles / 0.3 km Allow ¼ hour
Walk or ride alongside the attractive Kirk Burn and through the varied forest above, where you’ll find a wealth of birdlife.
Uneven rocky and earthy path with muddy sections. Long slopes with steep section for 300m. Wide surface suitable for horse-riding, with narrow bridge and opening that can both be avoided.
2 ¾ miles / 4.3 km Allow 2 hours
Head deep into the forest to discover the remains of Cardrona Tower and the Iron Age fort at Castle Knowe, as well as fine views over the Tweed Valley.
Uneven rocky and earthy surface with considerable soft and muddy sections. Long steep slopes for up to 400m. Includes narrow openings and bridges that can be avoided on horseback.
3 ¾ miles / 6.0 km Allow 2½ hours
You can take a short detour to visit the remains of 16th century Cardrona Tower. Peel or 'pele' towers like this are common across the Scottish Borders: they combined the functions of a watch tower and a refuge in times of trouble.
Mountain biking trails
How to get here
From the centre of Peebles take the B7062, signposted for Cardrona and Traquair, and head east for about 2 ¾ miles (4.4 km). The entrance to Cardrona forest is on the right, at grid reference NT 292 385.
EH45 9HU is the nearest postcode.
Buses serve Cardrona village, about ¾ mile (1.2 km) away. Visit Traveline Scotland for details.
Cardrona is just one of many wonderful forests in the Tweed Valley Forest Park. Just outside Peebles, Cademuir is one of the most tranquil forests in the valley. At Caberston you can climb to an Iron Age hillfort.
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