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WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS?

This video gives you a short overview of 9 "must-sees" in the Scottish Borders - a good starting point for planning your holidays........

ATTRACTIONS & SPORTS IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS

 

THE SCOTTISH BORDERS - A PERFECT HOLIDAY DESTINATION

With its rolling hills, gentle streams and picturesque coastline, the Scottish Borders are a perfect holiday destination. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy plenty of golf courses, walking routes, cycling trails as well as fishing & riding opportunities.
Steeped in history, the Scottish Borders' ruins, castles and abbeys are testimony to the regions turbulent past and well worth to be explored. Revitalise, enjoy and discover the gems of the Scottish Borders.

The famous Borders Abbeys 

The Scottish Borders are home to four magnificent Abbeys, which were all founded in the 12th Century. The proximity to the English Border made them targets of  frequent English attacks and all of them have been rebuilt several times. Travel back in history and visit the ruins of Dryburgh, Melrose, Jedburgh and Kelso Abbey.

Castles & Stately Homes 

The Scottish Borders is home of some of the finest historic castles and houses in Scotland. Set amidst breathtaking scenery, there is a wealth of historic houses to view and grounds and gardens to explore.

Gardens

There are many beautiful gardens in the Scottish Borders to explore. Enjoy a splendid day out and discover the wonderful local garden architecture.

Sports & Outdoor activities

 
Walking

The Scottish Borders offer plenty of walking trails to explore the beautiful countryside at your own pace. Whether you are out for a short stroll, a day's hike or challenge yourself over several days, the Borders magnificent landscape will leave you with lasting memories.

 

St. Cuthbert's Way

Voted as one of the most beautiful, varied and enjoyable long distance routes in the UK. This famous 62 mile trail between Melrose and Holy Island (Northumberland) is named after St. Cuthbert, a 7th century saint from the Borders who finally became Bishop of Lindisfarne.

The Borders Abbeys Way

A wonderful 64.5 miles of hills, sparkling rivers and a quartet of centuries-old abbeys.  The towns en route are a delight and Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott is not to be missed. Sir Walter Scott is said to have considered Kelso the most beautiful village in Scotland, and the Sunday Times recently ranked Melrose as the best place to live in the U.K. 

The scenery includes some long sections beside the Rivers Tweed and Teviot, as well as more rugged hilly sections and outstanding viewpoints. 
This is the perfect circular tour of a beautiful area studded with historic gems.

Why not start your personal St. Cuthbert's Way with a stroll through Melrose and then walk the Eildon Hills to stay with us for the next couple of days of your trail?

 

We are very happy to provide you with maps and guides to plan your personal walking holiday.

Transport to and from your starting and finishing points can be arranged, if you stay for several nights.

For more information on walking in the Scottish Borders, please click here.

Cycling

With an abundance of space, rivers, hills about, the Scottish Borders are home of some of the best cycling routes in Scotland. Whether you are a mountain or street biker, there are a lot of routes to choose from.

Why not challenge yourself in the mountain biking heaven of Glentress Forest? Part of the 7 stanes trails, you will experience a mountain biking mecca with graded trails as well as a multi-grade free-ride area.

 

Up to a downhill experience? Innerleithen offers the famous Red bull downhill mountain trail as well as a variety of mountain biking routes for all abilities.

For a fantastic cycle route to get to know the Scottish Borders, try the 4 Abbeys - a 55 mile circular trail linking the four main abbeys in Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh.

We provide drying facilities for shoes and clothes as well as secure bike storage on site. Please let us know, if you require packed lunches and/or evening meals.

Golf

Golf enthusiasts love the Scottish Borders. With 21 golf courses to choose from in the area and a total of 46 golf courses in a 60 mile radius, you are spoilt for choice.

Locally you can play the popular "must-play" Woll 18 hole golf course, the hilly Melrose 9 hole course or the scenic St. Boswells 9 hole course. For experts the famous Roxburghe Championship Golf Course and the Macdonald Cardrona Championship course will definitely hit the spot. 

Eyemouth is a course not to be missed. Its sixth hole, which plates across a deep gully down to the waves below, is one of the most photographed holes in Scottish golf and was once voted ‘Britain’s Most Extraordinary Golf Hole’.

Discover a range of new courses with wonderful scenery, friendly locals and terrific value for money.

Please click here for a map and information on all golf courses.

Fishing:

With the Tweed and its famous salmon fishing right at your doorstep, the Borders are a perfect place to drop a line. For more information, please click here.

Riding:
With an abundance of open countryside and fabulous horse riding tracks, the next stables are never far away.