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What’s on Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders is noted for its hills and moorlands, valleys and rivers, and its rocky Berwickshire coastline. The area has many friendly towns and picturesque villages to explore - as well as castles, abbeys, stately homes and museums. The Scottish Borders is a paradise for hillwalkers and cyclists of all abilities - and the River Tweed provides some of the best fishing in Scotland. Famous for its textiles, the Scottish Borders is an ideal place to buy knitwear, tweeds and tartans. It’s also rugby union territory - and if you time it right, you may also get the chance to go to one or more of the games in the Scottish Borders annual Rugby Sevens tournament. The somewhat turbulent history of the Scottish Borders is commemorated every year in the Common Ridings and other annual local festivals.

regional highlights

21st September 2014, Scottish Borders:

Come along to the Teviotdale Accordion & Fiddle Club Open Day and enjoy an afternoon of music.

May - September, East Borders

Manderston is the country house of Edwardian Scotland, standing in 56 acres of formal and informal gardens.

12th July - 29th September 2014, Scottish Borders:

The Summer Exhibition 2014, on House-Open days, includes a great range of work from new and established painters, engravers and sculptors - with collages, mosaics, ceramics and glass pieces making it this year’s ’Must-See’ Show.

April - September, Scottish Borders:

An awesome, eerie ruin, set in a lonely spot, Hermitage Castle was one of the major strongholds in the Borders from the 14th century to the Union of the Crowns in 1603.

4th October 2014, Scottish Borders:

Karine draws from folk music’s long tradition while keeping pace with the ceaselessly changing times.

Easter - mid October, Scottish Borders:

With a vast collection of family research documents an artefacts that go back hundreds of years, the Clan Armstrong Trust Museum is one of the world’s best and biggest Armstrong museums.

23rd October 2014, Scottish Borders:

Two of Scotland’s greatest jazz artists, saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock, team up to bring you a beautiful and imaginative duo.

March/April - October, Scottish Borders:

Built to the design of John Adam in 1758, Paxton House is amongst the finest Palladian Houses in Britain.

April - October, Scottish Borders:

Get a taste of life behind bars in this 1820s jail which was built as a Howard reform prison in 1823 and was a model prison in its day.

March/April - October, Scottish Borders:

In addition to a varied programme of exhibitions and workshops, the Museum houses permanent displays exploring the history of the parish and its people.


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