|Location Map ( geo)|
|Galashiels • Hawick • Jedburgh|
|Other Important Destinations|
|Current Highway Authorities|
|Scottish Borders Council|
|Berwickshire • Cumberland • Dumfriesshire • Midlothian • Northumberland • Selkirkshire|
|Transport Scotland Roads|
|A7 • A68 • A6091|
Roxburghshire is a traditional county in the south of Scotland. It is the largest of the four counties which were brought together under Scottish Borders Council. The county takes its name from the historic town of Roxburgh near Kelso, whose importance dwindled until only a small village was left. There are, however, a number of other sizeable towns in the county.
Geography & Economy
Much of the county lies in the fertile farmland to the south of the River Tweed, which runs through Kelso and Melrose in the north of the county. The far south of the county, along the English and Dumfriesshire borders is upland moors and forestry plantations - similar terrain to Kielder Forest and the Northumberland National Park which lie just across the border. Three of the four famous Borders Abbeys lie in the county, the forth just across the River Tweed at Dryburgh. They help bring tourism to the area, and along with the salmon fishing in the Tweed sustain a number of good hotels and other destinations.
The four towns of Kelso, Jedburgh, Hawick and Melrose, as well as Galashiels, which lies astride the Selkirkshire border are all relatively busy places, the old mills closed but new businesses replacing them. The arrival of the Borders Railway at Galashiels has brought the north of the county closer in to the commuter belt for Edinburgh
The comparatively flat lanscape of the county enables a good network of roads to criss cross between the towns and villages except in the south, where only the A7, a couple of B roads and a handful of unclassified routes serve the sparsely populated area. The two main north-south routes across the county are the A68 and A7, which are linked at Melrose by the A6091 bypass. This is one of the few bypasses in the county. The A68 is perhaps best known as an alternative to the A1 between the North East of England and Edinburgh, crossing the border at Carter Bar.
The Tweed has a number of interesting bridges across it, as do some of the tributaries. All non-trunk roads within the traditional county are maintained by Scottish Borders Council. The Trunk roads, which include the A7, A68 and A6091 are managed by Transport Scotland.
|A6088||Carter Bar||Hawick||13.6 miles||View|
|A6091||Galashiels||Newton St Boswells (N)||4.9 miles||View|
|B6340||Newtown St Boswells bypass (N)||Newtown St Boswells village centre||0.46 miles||View|
|B6350||Maxwellheugh||Cornhill on Tweed||9.5 miles||View|
|B6359||Hawick (N)||Melrose||14.7 miles||View|
|B6396||Kelso (SE)||Mindrum||7.3 miles||View|
|B6398||Bowden||Newtown St Boswells||2.6 miles||View|
|B6400||Ashkirk(N)||near Crailing||15.4 miles||View|
|B6401||Kalemouth||Town Yetholm||8.6 miles||View|
|B6404||St Boswells||Mainberry||6.0 miles||View|
|B6461||Kelso||New Water Haugh||21.8 miles||View|
|B711||Hawick||Tushielaw Inn||14.1 miles||View|
|Borders Historic Route||Edinburgh||border nr Carlisle||95 miles||View|
|C73||Coldstream Road||Edenside Road||0.2 miles||View|