Explore Scottish Borders

EXPLORING THE BORDERS, SCOTLAND    (Click on the “Next Page” below for the English Borders)

A recurring question by many of our guests is: why is there so little traffic and so few tourists when there is so much to see and do? Are the Borders one of Britain’s best kept secrets? We think so!

On this page we give an introduction to some of the many activities and sites of the Scottish Borders and on the following page is a selection in the English Borders. Click on the links for more information or contact us. We can help you plan your choice of sightseeing and provide detailed maps and directions.

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Golf:  With 21 courses to choose from, including two championship standard courses (the Roxburghe & Cardrona) there is some great golf on offer. Visit Scotland Borders has a range of excellent “Freedom of the Fairways” golf passes which offer unbelievable value during the months of April to October.

Salmon & Trout Fishing:  From the internationally famous salmon fishing on the River Tweed itself, to the excellent sea trout fishing on its many tributaries; from the rainbow trout in the local lochs to the wilder brown trout in the rivers; there is plenty to choose from, and all of it is surrounded by the Borders' magnificent scenery.

Trout fishing on the TweedJedburgh festival, crossing the Jedwater

Common Riding & Borders Festivals:  Common Ridings can be traced back to the 13th  century when the border lands were in constant upheaval during the long wars with England and because of the tribal custom of plunder and cattle thieving that was commonplace amongst the major Borders families. In such lawless times, townspeople would ride their boundaries, or 'marches', to protect their common lands. Each summer the Border Towns continue these ridings in commemoration of these times. As patrons of the Jedburgh Festival we are able to offer our guests an excellent introduction to this historic tradition.

Jedburgh Abbey

The Abbeys:  There are four Abbeys to explore: Jedburgh, Kelso, Melrose and Dryburgh. The Abbeys date from the twelfth century and all suffered the ravages of wars over the following four centuries. However, Jedburgh Abbey suffered the least damage and today it has a five star visitors information centre managed by Historic Scotland. The exhibits include 8th century carvings and artefacts excavated from the abbey grounds. The audio-visual facility is not to be missed.

The Scenery:  Eighteen hundred square miles, from rolling hills & moorland, gentle valleys, rich agricultural plains, to rocky coastline with secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages. The hills of the Cheviots, the Lammermuirs, the Moorfoots and the Pentlands together with the River Tweed and its tributaries embrace and dissect the Border countryside to create different worlds, each with its own unique personality. We have prepared a range of scenic tours for our guests but if you wish to enjoy some of the scenery on your way to us then why not try one prepared by our Scottish Borders Council.

The Castles:  During the turbulent history of the Borders many small “defensive” castles were built to protect the owner’s property; Smailholm Tower is a typical example. On a larger scale is the Hermitage Castle, an example of the “offensive” type of castle from which the owners controlled their territories; some beneficially, some not!

Gardens & Parks:  The Scottish Borders are home to stunning gardens and parks. Historical and botanical delights abound in the grounds of stately homes, castles and dedicated gardens.

Hermitage Castle Seen from the North WestSmailholm Tower

In the more tranquil times following the unification of England and Scotland it was possible to build the more “impressive” examples such as Floors Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Roxburghe.

Floors CastleMegget Reservoir Roxburghe Golf Course

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