Whitlaw Wood

Situated on steep slopes next to the Slitrig Water, Whitlaw Wood comprises native ash, elm and hazel woodland with a rich ground flora. There is also a small meadow that supports a variety of colourful wildflowers. A path leads through the meadow.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Woodland flowers
  • Birdwatching

Best time to visit?

  • May to Jul for woodland flowers

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • grasslands
  • wildflowers

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How to get there


At the southern end of Hawick High Street, just after the bridge over the Slitrig Water, turn left up Howegate. Continue straight up the hill along Loan, Rosebank Road and Haggis Ha’Brae. Go straight on at the roundabout and park on the left, near the corner of the golf course.

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Getting onto the reserve

Retrace your route back towards the roundabout and take the road on the right (Paterson Gardens), then take the farm track on the right along the edge of the golf course. Continue up the hill to the right of the stables through the gate, before taking the left fork on a path which leads to Whitlaw Wood (on the left). The only path is through the meadow area. The woodland is on steep slopes above the Slitrig Water.

Access restrictions

The woodland is very steep and the only path is through the small meadow above the woodland (on more level ground). Visitors are advised to take great care if walking on the wooded slopes due to the steep, muddy ground. Appropriate footwear must be worn with a good tread.

Nearest town
Hawick (1 mi / 1.6 km)
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