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Some visitor centres are open – check individual web pages for more information. Our trails, toilets and car parks remain open. Plan ahead and enjoy your visit safely.

Craik Forest

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COVID-19 update

Some FLS visitor centres are offering a reduced service, with walking and mountain bike trails remaining open, as are most toilets and car parks. Please check below for local updates on any closures.

We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.

Make sure you follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice – helping to protect yourself, your family and your local community, and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code helping to keep Scotland beautiful.

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.

Southern Uplands Guide Map (PDF 3.8MB)

Walking trails


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

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.


Spruce Trail

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

½ hours


Aithouse Burn Trail

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

1 hour

More information

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

Facilities & access

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Picnic area
Picnic area

Find a bite to eat nearby

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

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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0300 067 6900 (option 1)
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