NEW THEMED driving routes following in the footsteps of Robert Burns and inspired by the Great Tapestry of Scotland have been created by the South of Scotland Destination Alliance.

Designed to immerse visitors in the story-filled landscape of the south of Scotland as they follow in the footsteps of Robert Burns and experience the parts of the region immortalised in the magnificent Great Tapestry of Scotland, the routes will help bring to life the area’s fascinating past, encouraging visitors to uncover the hidden gems, attractions, and diverse places to eat and drink.

Created using new digital functionality funded through VisitScotland’s Destination and Sector Marketing Fund, the Great Tapestry Trail and the Burns Trail have been painstakingly curated to guide visitors around key landmarks in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Sarah Macdonald of SSDA, who co-designed both trails for Scotland Starts Here, said: “It’s especially exciting to be unveiling these new trails in 2023, which promises to be such a momentous year for the whole of the south of Scotland. “Not only were we named among the 30 best places in the world to visit this year by Lonely Planet but we’re champing at the bit to launch our epic new 250-mile Coast to Coast cycle route from Stranraer to Eyemouth this summer.”

The 187-mile Burns Trail takes visitors on a six-day tour from Berwickshire to Dumfries, following in the footsteps of Scotland’s national bard while visitors can spend seven days travelling along the 283-mile Great Tapestry Trail, start at the Tapestry Centre in Galashiels before heading to the Berwickshire coast and then west again to the Border towns and Abbotsford, home of great historical novelist Sir Walter Scott.