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Craik Forest

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Craik Forest Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

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)
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.

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.

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

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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