The Scottish Borders
The Scottish Borders is a region of captivating contrasts, from gently rolling hills to vast stretches of rugged moorland, manicured golf greens and parkland, forests, lochs, rivers and beaches. Add to this its array of historical landmarks and
colourful history and it's no wonder that the region is such a popular tourist destination.
The Scottish Borders spans a relatively small area (1800 square miles) compared to Scotland’s northern region’s – but it packs in arguably the most diverse range of outdoor activities, history and heritage and it also plays host to a large range of events and celebrations each year.
Visitors are spoilt for choice with stunning landscapes, plenty to see and do and fantastic food.
In the rolling Borders countryside walking, cycling, golf, horse-riding, fishing and team sports - most notably rugby
- are up there at the top of the list of what to see and do outdoors in the Scottish Borders.
Walkers are spoilt for choice with an easily accessible range of walking trails to suit all abilities and the region is crossed by a myriad of easily accessible footpaths, forest tracks and river walkways.
The region attracts anglers from the UK and abroad. The River Tweed which flows for 98 miles, most of which is in the Borders, is internationally renowned as one of the world’s best salmon rivers.
Cyclists can choose from a large range of scenic road routes or enjoy plenty of off-road trails including the acclaimed mountain biking mecca of Glentress in the heart of the Tweed Valley and 7Stanes in nearby Newcastleton.
Scotland is renowned the world over as the home of golf - and the Borders region has 21 courses, all very different in character and set against spectacularly scenic backdrops.
The Borders is rich in culture and heritage and throughout the region there are inspirational gardens, castles and historic houses to visit which offer you a taste of the history and heritage whilst being able to enjoy their extensive gardens and grounds, activities and eateries.
The Borders is also a great place to shop. Scottish Borders towns are well known for their independent retail outlets showcasing the best of Scottish Borders textiles, giftware and produce. Combined with high quality restaurants and cafes, eating out is a pleasure for both locals and visitors.
Scottish Borderers are renowned for their warm and friendly welcome. This coupled with the wide range of things to see and do in this beautiful part of Scotland will ensure your visit is a trip to remember.
The beautiful town square in Jedburgh is the centre of one of the Borders prettiest towns – and for many visitors heading North over the Border from England, their first port of call.
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum was built in 1823 and is an impressive building with stunning views across the town.
A masterpiece and architectural treasure, Jedburgh Abbey was founded in the 12th century and is one of four impressive Border Abbeys.
The Borders is home to a large range of wonderful cycling routes which riders of all abilities can enjoy.
Flowing through the town centre, the Jed Water is a river which was once the main source of water for the monks living in Jedburgh Abbey.
Whether a novice or a seasoned pro the Borders is blessed with some of Scotlands finest outdoor pursuit providers. From clay pigeon shooting to horse riding there is something for everyone to experience.
The Border country is a delight for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts with fertile pastures, beautiful valleys and range after range of rolling green hills and a fine coastline to explore.
Some of the finest fishing in the whole of Europe can be experienced on the Scottish Borders famous rivers, which is why it is so popular among self-respecting fisherman.
An extensive selection of courses are available throughout the Scottish Borders to golfers, each with thier own unique features and stunning back drops.