Eildon Hills, Melrose
13th April 2022
Explore the three summits of the Eildon Hills to appreciate close up how rising magma trapped underground has resulted in these hard igneous hills, very different from the surrounding landscape. These are great vantage points, something that has been appreciated by many who have come before
THE ROCKS: The Eildons form a striking feature in the Borders landscape because they are made of igneous rock that is very different from the bedrock of the surrounding area. They mark the site where a series of silica-rich magmas were trapped beneath the surface, forming a range of igneous rocks that lie mostly in horizontal sheets and include micro-granite and trachyte. These rocks contrast with the final rock to form here, found at Little Hill and the eroded remains of a basalt volcano.
THE WALK: From the centre of Melrose we will walk east along a quiet road then pick up the path that climbs the eastern side of North Hill (404m) descend to the saddle and climb again to the highest summit (Mid Hill – 422m). From here the descent route takes us south and west, with the option of adding the third summit before descending by Little Hill and down to the west to pick up quiet road back to Melrose. Total distance 8-10 km, on paths but with some rough, steep slopes. This is classified as a Moderate Walk: not always on paths, may be rough or slippery underfoot at times. It may be wet, windy and cold. Come equipped with strong footwear, good waterproof clothing, something to eat and drink.
MEETING POINT & ROUTE: Meet at the bus stop beside Melrose Abbey Car Park, Buccleuch Street, Melrose TD6 9LG. There is parking nearby and Melrose is accessible by public transport from Edinburgh. Grid reference: NT547341| Nearest Postcode: TD6 9LG | What3Words: socket.dorm.twinkled | Route Map.