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Storm Clean-up: Many of our forests, especially in the east and south of Scotland, remain closed. Please plan ahead and check online before visiting.

Craik Forest

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Craik Forest Notice

Forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by recent storms. We are doing everything we can to make our forests safe for visitors, communities, forest businesses and our staff. However, many of our forests remain closed while others have significant diversions and access restrictions for the foreseeable future. Please keep safe and follow all closure notices and safety signage.

Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

Storm Damage Update - 16 December 2021: 

  • The Burnside Trail is now open.
  • All other walking trails remain closed at this time.

Please keep checking the web page for further updates as we continue to work towards opening more trails.   

About

A stunning woodland landscape with tranquil trails

Craik Forest is great for when you want to ‘get away from it all’. Nestling in the heart of the Southern Uplands, this large, remote woodland is home to red squirrels and many woodland birds.

Some of the trees here are over 100 years old, and the size and isolation of the forest makes it a great place for wildlife.

Craik Forest route card (PDF)

Walking trails

Walking

Burnside Trail

A short stroll along the peaceful Borthwick Water, through graceful larch. Perfect for a picnic.

Wide and firm track throughout, with occasional loose gravel. Gentle rises and one section of boardwalk.

Easy (all abilities) trail grade icon
¼ miles / 0.4 km

Allow
¼ hours

More information

Find out about the salmon that spawn in the burn, and the bats, owls and squirrels that live in the trees.

Walking

Spruce Trail (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

Due to storm damage. 

A wee daunder along the burn and through mature, moss-clad Norway spruce trees, a favourite habitat of the red squirrel.

Uneven gravel and earth paths. Some exposed tree roots and potentially muddy sections. Two short steep slopes and a pair of bridges.

Moderate trail grade icon
½ miles / 0.8 km

Allow
½ hours

Walking

Aithouse Burn Trail (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

Due to storm damage.

Walk through some of Craik’s oldest trees and along the lovely Aithouse Burn. Great views over the forest.

Uneven grass and earth paths with some muddy sections. Some steep slopes. Includes a bridge and section of boardwalk.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 ¾ miles / 2.8 km

Allow
1 hour

More information

There's opportunities to spot red squirrels and woodland birds, so bring your binoculars.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
All ability trails
All ability trails
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area

Find a bite to eat nearby

You’ll find public toilets and places to eat in Hawick.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

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Getting here

From Hawick, follow the A7 towards Carlisle. At Martins Bridge turn onto the B711, signposted for Roberton. After about 3 ¼ miles, just beyond the school in Roberton, turn left and follow the unclassified single track road for about 6 ½ miles to the car park. Craik Forest is well signposted.

Using SatNav?

TD9 7PS is the nearest postcode.

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Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Ancient monument
Ancient monument
Distance from 'Craik Forest': 8.89 miles
Forest with substantial green undergrowth with tall trees and light streaming through branches.

Find space to breathe at Craigieburn

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Craik Forest': 8.95 miles
View across conifer forest towards distant hills

A woodland full of wildlife, with a picturesque burn

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Mountain biking
Mountain biking
Parking icon
Parking
Horse riding
Horse riding
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Craik Forest': 9.15 miles

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