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.