THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING GOING ON IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS
What to see & do in the Scottish Borders
The Scottish Borders have got a lot to offer:
Steeped in history, the Scottish Borders' abbeys and ruins are testimony to the turbulent past and well worth exploring. Beautiful castles and stately homes invite you to dip into their history and rejoice their magnificent gardens and grounds.
Enjoy season highlights such a concerts, festivals and theatre performances and taste our local specialities.
Outdoor enthusiasts are spoilt for choice. With over 15 golf courses to play on, an extensive network of walking routes and cycling trails as well as fishing opportunities on the river Tweed, there is an activity for everyone.
This video gives you a short overview of 9 'must-sees' in the Scottish Borders - A good starting point for planning your holiday.
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. Why not start the first leg of St. Cuthbert's Way with a stroll through Melrose and a walk over the Eildon Hills to Bowden? You can then continue your 1st section the next morning directly from our doorstep.
The Scottish Borders is home of some of the finest historic castles and houses in Scotland. Set amidst breath taking scenery, there is a wealth of historic houses to view and grounds and gardens to explore. • Abbotsford House, Melrose • Floors Castle, Kelso • Mellerstain House, Kelso • Smailholm Tower near Kelso • Traquair House, Innerleithen • Manderston House, Duns
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.
There are many beautiful gardens in the Scottish Borders to explore. Enjoy a splendid day out and discover the wonderful local garden architecture. • Monteviot House & Gardens, Jedburgh • Dawyck Botanic Garden, Peebles • Kailzie Gardens, Peebles • Harmony Garden, Melrose
The Borders are a fantastic place for eating out. We can recommend the following restaurants for a wonderful night out: • Seasons • The Hoebridge • Provender • The Townhouse • The Capon Tree • Stewarts Bistro • The Ancrum Cross Keys • Hunters Stables (Italian food) • The Tase of Spice (Indian food) Restaurant Websites can be found at the following link.
Whatever the Scottish weather, there is lots to see and do in the Scottish Borders. Here are our recommendations for some lovely museums to visit: Whatever the Scottish weather, there is lots to see and do in the Scottish Borders. Here are our recommendations for some lovely museums to visit: • The Great Tapestry of Scotland Museum, Galashiels • Roman History in Scotland re-told Trimontium Museum, Melrose • Jim Clark Motorsport Museum, Duns • Hawick Museum • Borders Textile Powerhouse, Hawick
The Scottish Borders are home to some fantastic wee shops selling art& crafts, books and of course our famous cashmere. These are some little gems we recommend: • The Mainstreet Trading Company - famous bookshop, café & delicatessen • Hawico Factory Outlet & Johnstons of Elgin, both in Hawick– Cashmere at its best • Twistglass Studio in Selkirk – exquisite glass • Lochcarron Vistor Centre in Selkirk – Tartan fashion • Jedburgh Chocolate House • The Hirsel Art & Craft Centre, Coldstream
With the Tweed and its famous salmon fishing right at your doorstep, the Borders are a perfect place to drop a line. Our big breakfasts, packed lunches and storage facilities for fishing equipment will set you up perfectly for a good day on the Tweed. For the latest fishing news and bespoke packages
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 on the St. Cuthbert's Way, the Borders' magnificent landscape will leave you with lasting memories.
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.
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.