Scottish Borders | Attractions around our large holiday house to rent near Kelso in Scotland.

Scottish Borders visitor attractions and events.

Scottish Borders : beautiful rural countryside

The Scottish Borders is a land full of contrasts, hidden delights and unexpected charm, not least because it is free of the crowds common to so many tourist destinations. We very much hope you will choose to come and discover it for yourselves.

Holidays in the Scottish Borders

From the unspoiled heather-clad hills in the west, to the sandy beaches and harbour towns of its coast, the 1800 square miles (4,660 square kilometres) of the Scottish Borders is home to just 112,000 people, making it a perfect destination to get away from the crowds and the noise of city life in the UK.

Scottish Borders - a land of contrastsThe Scottish Borders is truly a rural escape, with acres of rolling green farmland, mile after mile of narrow country lanes, leafy woodlands and crystal-clear rivers, all winding through quiet valleys and small market towns. Whether you want to spend time walking or hiking, bird-watching or fishing, sampling local produce or quaffing fine ales, The Borders has something for you.

The area is remarkably easy to reach: the A1 and the A68 are the main trunk roads connecting the Borders with Edinburgh to the north and Newcastle to the south-east, with the A7 providing a link to Carlisle. For those arriving by train, the East Coast Line will provide a wonderfully scenic route to the local station in Berwick-upon-Tweed. The nearest international airports are Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Heiton Mill: Luxury accommodation for visitors to the Scottish BordersThere are all sorts of festivals and sporting events held annually in the area, reflecting the rich and varied history and culture of this corner of Scotland. From the internationally acclaimed Borders Book Festival and Rugby Sevens of Melrose, to equestrian events like the International Horse Trials at Floors Castle near Kelso and the Common Rides of each of the Borders towns, visitors can enjoy experiencing a genuinely Scottish holiday without the corny souvenir shops and crowded streets you might have to endure elsewhere in Scotland.

Eating out in the Borders can also be a real pleasure, and while the area can’t yet compete with our less rural neighbours for choice, you will find restaurants and cafes with cuisine and menus to suit different tastes and budgets.

For golf enthusiasts, the region is home to many fine golf courses – the Roxburghe Golf Course is just around the corner from Heiton Mill House, but there are excellent fairways dotted east and west in the area. The golf courses of East Lothian are also only a short drive away.

The Scottish Borders is also the traditional home of cashmere in Scotland and many famous names are still based here. Many of the Borders towns grew up around the woollen mills, and several of them have shops offering visitors guided tours, and the chance to buy beautiful cashmere clothing direct.

Scottish Borders : readily accessible by train, bus and carThe Borders is also home to several important historical sites – the area has after all been at the feuding crossroads between Scotland and England for centuries. Castles, abbeys, stately homes and the remains of early settlements are dotted across the region, many open to the public and providing fascinating glimpses into the turbulent past. The Borders has also produced its fair share of notable historical figures and feats of engineering.

 

The Scottish Borders is a land full of contrasts, hidden delights and unexpected charm, not least because it is free of the crowds common to so many tourist destinations. We very much hope you will choose to come and discover it for yourselves.

 

 

 

 

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