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The Old Tramway
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The Old Tramway

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When Colin visited The Old Tramway...

When Colin the Sheep visited The Old Tramway

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

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Unfortunately, since these gates were replaced, Colin hasn't been back to visit, so his cartoon (below) is a little out of date...

Dogs Welcome
W3W /// tramps.greyhound.sunroof


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.

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"A lovely quiet walk"

Summary review by ME

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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