Scottish Borders

Covering about eighteen hundred square miles, the Scottish Borders stretches from the rolling hills and moorland in the west, through gentler valleys hosting some of the best known rivers like the Tweed, on to the high agricultural plains of the east, ending in the dramatic Berwickshire coastline with its secluded coves like Coldingham Bay and picturesque fishing villages such as St Abbs.

The easy accessibility of the Scottish Borders and the wide range of activities that the landscape lends itself to, makes the region a very popular and well loved area to visit. Steeped in history and culture and with a relaxed pace of life visitors can truly unwind and enjoy the natural beauty, heritage and culture of the area.

The landscape of the Scottish Borders offers visitors many different places to explore and enjoy. In the central parts of the region the rolling hills are divided by beautiful river valleys, the most famous of which is the Tweed. The river runs right through the region for nearly 160km/100 miles from its source above Tweedsmuir to the sea at Berwick-upon-Tweed. Along or close to the river are many fine walks and in the South-West of the region, the valleys of Teviotdale and Liddesdale, steeped in Borders history, also provide splendid walking with wide views over rounded hills or through the large forests.

For outdoor enthusiasts there is fishing, walking, cycling, golf, bird watching, diving, surfing, swimming to name a few. You will find sporting centres such as clay pigeon shooting, birds of prey, off road driving school, a Marine centre on the east coast, golf courses (21 in the region) and driving ranges.

The Scottish Borders is not just an area of outstanding natural beauty. A colourful and turbulent history has shaped Borders life over the centuries, instilling a local pride and passion in all who live here. Castles, abbeys and stately homes all have their tale to tell of the part they played in Scottish history. Museums give a more local view of Borders life, while the native culture of song, drama and dance fills theatres alongside works by international companies.

The towns and villages of the Borders offer the visitor beautiful buildings, old abbeys and churches alongside good local shopping, and excellent places to eat and sample some of the best local produce.

Across the region there are attractions to suit all tastes such as wildlife centres, a sea life centre, the Scottish Sea Bird Centre in North Berwick, gardens, stately homes, castles, parks, farms and museums.

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