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Primary Destinations
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

The A6091 Melrose Bypass

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


Carter Bar in 1960

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.

Route From To Length


A7 Edinburgh Carlisle 94.3 miles View
A68 Dalkeith Darlington 128 miles View
A7a Hawick Edinburgh View
A698 Hawick Tweedmouth 43.8 miles View
A699 Selkirk Kelso 18 miles View
A6088 Carter Bar Hawick 13.6 miles View
A6089 Whiteburn Kelso 13.6 miles View
A6090 A68 A698 0.16 miles View
A6091 Galashiels Newton St Boswells (N) 4.9 miles View  
B711 Hawick Tushielaw Inn 14.1 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
B6352 Kelso Flodden 17.3 miles View
B6356 Kelso Berwick-upon-Tweed 22.5 miles View
B6357 Annan Lintalee 49.5 miles View
B6358 Denholm Jedburgh 4.2 miles View
B6359 Melrose 14.7 miles View
B6360 Lindean Leaderfoot 7.0 miles View
B6361 Melrose Newstead 1.6 miles View
B6364 Kelso Greenlaw 7.2 miles View
B6374 Galashiels Melrose 4.5 miles View
B6394 Darnick Melrose 0.84 miles View
B6396 Kelso (SE) Mindrum 7.3 miles View
B6397 Earlston Kelso 8.9 miles View
B6398 Bowden Newtown St Boswells 2.6 miles View
B6399 Hawick Sandholm 19.0 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
B6405 Denholm Hassendean 2.0 miles View
B6436 Kelso Morebattle 5.8 miles View
B6453 Clarilawmoor Lilliesleaf 6.8 miles View
B6461 Kelso New Water Haugh 21.8 miles View    
C73 Coldstream Road Edenside Road 0.2 miles View
T26 Carlisle Edinburgh View
T86 Newcastle Edinburgh View


Primary Route
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E Road
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Roman Road
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Main Article: Junctions in Roxburghshire

Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Crossings in Roxburghshire

NCN1 • A7 • A68 • A698 • A699 • A6088 • A6089 • A6090 • A6091 • A7a • B711 • B6340 • B6350 • B6352 • B6356 (Kelso - Berwick) • B6357 • B6358 • B6359 • B6360 • B6361 • B6364 • B6374 (Galashiels - Melrose) • B6394 • B6396 • B6397 • B6398 • B6399 • B6400 • B6401 • B6404 • B6405 • B6436 • B6453 • B6461 (Kelso - Berwick) • Borders Historic Route • C73 (Borders) • Dere Street • T26 (Britain) • T86 (Britain)
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