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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

Year-round, Scottish Borders:

Founded initially as a priory by King David I in 1138, Jedburgh Abbey was a frequent target for invading border armies.

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Discover passionate collectors, racing legends, famous painters and local history in a historic house within a beautiful Victorian park.

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The Chambers Institution was established by William Chambers, one of the founders of the famous publishing house, in 1859.

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Dating back to the fifteenth century, Smalholm Tower is associated with two notable Border families &ndash first the Pringles (Hoppringles) up to 1645 thereafter the Scotts of Harden, ancestors of Sir Walter Scott.

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Sheer cliffs loom from the sea at St Abb’s Head, giving dramatic views of the Berwickshire coastline and providing an early summer home for nesting seabirds.

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Featuring 50 miles of mountain bike trails (including a freeride park), 25 miles of walking trails, an orienteering course and a series of brass rubbings to find and collect, Glentress is the top visitor attraction in the Scottish Borders.

Year-round, Scottish Borders:

A Foresty Commission mixed conifer woodland with numerous waymarked routes and lovely picnic site.

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Also known as Lindinney Wood, and sitting very close to the River Tweed, Yair forest has paths leading to wonderful views.

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In addition to its display gardens, visitors can also enjoy a food/craft hall, an aquatic/garden centre, smokery and restaurant.

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Thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart, Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale with lavishly decorated masonry.


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