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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

30th May 2015, Peebles:

Scottish violinist Alex Yellowlees is a modern day Grappelli.

17th - 31st May 2015, Scottish Borders:

TweedLove is a two-week festival of bike-riding and good times in the cycle-friendly Tweed Valley, an area with hundreds of miles of the country’s best trails, tracks and roads.

3rd June 2015, Peebles:

The duo of Scottish fiddle star Alasdair Fraser and cello prodigy Natalie Haas prove that traditional music connects cultures, communities, and generations.

6th June 2015, Peebles:

The young dancers of Pan Dance present their end-of-year production.

12th June 2015, Peebles:

Emily Smith is acknowledged to have one of Scottish music’s most distinctive and sublime voices.

24th & 25th July 2015, Scottish Borders:

This eagerly awaited annual show, held in 46 acres of parkland on the outskirts of Kelso, is a premier agricultural and equestrian show with a full programme of judged events for a wide range of classes.

1st August 2015, Scottish Borders:

The Show incorporates an agricultural livestock show along with family entertainment and horse events created on a beautiful site next to Duns Castle.

15th August 2015, Scottish Borders:

This annual agricultural show has livestock classes of just about every kind.

21st - 23rd August 2015, Scottish Borders:

Just 30 miles from Edinburgh in the Border hills, Innerleithen is the venue for a fantastic festival with quality acts.

22nd & 23rd August 2015, Scottish Borders:

Writers, speakers, politicians and performers come together from all over the world for the Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature & Thought.

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