A quiet forest, ideal for a picnic or a stroll through butterfly meadows


Follow the trail of a wonderful love story

There is some romantic history to discover at Thornielee. One of the folk tales collected by Sir Walter Scott in his Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders tells of Muckle Mou’d (big mouthed) Meg, the notoriously ugly daughter of the Murray family. You’ll find out how she found true love from interpretation panels near the car park. Look out for the ruins of Elibank Castle, the Murrays’ home, which you can still see across the valley.

Butterfly hotspot

As well as the walks, views and wildlife on offer at Thornielee, the grassy slopes below the car park are just right for butterflies like the Small Copper and the Northern Brown Argus. You can find out more about them along the Meadow Trail. Our Tweed Valley Forest Park Map and Trail Guide (PDF 3.8MB) will help you explore.

How to get here

Thornielee forest is just off the A72, about 4 ¼ miles (6.8 km) east of Innerleithen and 5 ½ miles west of Galashiels. The car park is at grid reference NT 402 366.

Using SatNav?

TD1 3LN is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses between Galashiels and Innerleithen pass the forest. Check Traveline Scotland for timetables and fares.

Parking Picnic area Walking Viewpoint Ancient monument

Find the essentials nearby

The nearest public toilets are in Innerleithen or Galashiels. You’ll find plenty of places to eat along the Tweed valley.

Walking trails

Our guide map to the Tweed Valley Forest Park (PDF 4.96MB) will help you explore.

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Ae Village, Parkgate, Dumfries

Postcode: DG1 1QB

Telephone: 0300 067 6900


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