A 2 mile coast-to-coast walk following the old tramway

Port Bannatyne PA20
The Old Tramway accepts dogs


A 2 mile coast-to-coast walk following the old tramway running between Port Bannatyne and Ettrick Bay through lovely farmland and woodlands with glimpses of the standing stones at St Colmac. A relatively easy walk on well made tracks With slight gradients Runs from behind the playpark at Port Bannatyne to Ettrick Bay tearoom. You can even catch the bus back again for most of the year!

All of the "kissing gates" have been replaced recently with more horse / wheelchair / pram friendly self-closing gates, making the walk all the more inclusive. Most wheelchair users would still find the gates difficult to open without assistance, but with an able-bodied companion to help out the walk is now much easier.

Unfortunately, since these gates were replaced, Colin hasn't been back to visit, so his cartoon (below) is a little out of date...

Key Services / Products

Partially Accessible

The Old Tramway is partially wheelchair accessible. Before visiting you may wish to contact them for clarification if this is a concern.

When Colin visited The Old Tramway...

Colin the sheep visits The Old Tramway

Colin pictures are © Stephen Doak and used under licence
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Location of The Old Tramway



The Old Tramway does not have a car park, however there is usually plenty of free on-street parking in the vicinity.

Public Transport

The Old Tramway is on the West Coast Motors 490/90 bus route - note this becomes 493 in winter.

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Recommendations for The Old Tramway

BRAWbased on 1 review

A lovely quiet walk

A bit different from the usual beaches / woods / parks options and a perfect place to go for a relatively long walk with the dogs just to contemplate life, the universe and everything. Scenery is pleasant - mainly farmland - interjected with the occasional interesting building such as St Colmac's church ruin and Etterick Smiddy, plus you get close to some standing stones too as well as having distant views of the two beaches at Ettrick Bay and Kames Bay. There are LOTS of kissing gates along the route crossing farm paths and tracks that are very close to the road adjacent to the tramway, so dogs do need to be at close call or on leads, and of course the gates can form obstacles to wheelchairs - otherwise the track is ideal.

In case you're wondering how the kissing gates work, here's a tutorial by Colin!

How to work a kissing gate

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