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Hawick is one of the largest towns in the Scottish Borders and lies on the River Teviot. The town grew on the success of its knitwear industry, which has seen many mills operate in the town over the centuries. Closure of many of the mills led to a period of stagnation in the town, but it has been revived and is now a busy centre for the south borders area, with a good range of shops and services. It also provides for the growing number of tourists who visit the borders, particularly those who go walking and cycling in the surrounding hills.

The main road through the town is the A7, which is the historic route from Carlisle to Edinburgh, and whilst replaced in part by the motorway network, is still a busy trunk route. Until 2000 it passed right through the town centre, but new bridges and junctions saw the A7 swap with the B6399, so that the main road now follows a town centre relief route along the north bank of the Teviot. At the north end of town, the A698 heads north east towards Jedburgh, with the A6088 turning south east at the edge of town to the English Border at Carter Bar.

The B6399, as noted above, starts in the town centre and after diverging a little from the A7, the two routes run loosely parallel as they head south east. The B6399 meets the B6357 at Newcastleton and the latter route returns to the A7 at Canobie, offering a slower scenic alternative to the A7, which is a very scenic drive itself. The B6359 starts on the A7 to the north of Hawick, and takes a very meandering route north to Melrose, whilst the B711 heads west to Ettrick.

The River Teviot is crossed by a number of bridges in Hawick, including the 1832 North Bridge (formerly New Bridge), which is now closed to traffic, and the new Waverley Bridge which carries the A698. From the bridge, the A698 briefly follows a former railway line south to its original line, so providing further relief to the town centre area.


Route To Notes


Galashiels, Selkirk


Carlisle, Langholm


Jedburgh B6358 provides a slightly more direct route into Jedburgh


Bonchester Bridge, Carter Bar


Ettrick, Roberton







  • The A7 Trunk Road (Hawick) (40mph Speed Limit) Order 2019 - That length of the A6091/A7 Melrose - Galashiels - Carlisle Trunk Road at Galalaw, Hawick, from a point 100 metres or thereby north of Galalaw Roundabout to a point 320 metres or thereby south of its junction with Guthrie Drive, at the existing 30mph speed gateway, a distance of 1 kilometre or thereby.

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