The Scottish Borders - Something for everyone!

The Scottish Borders - Something for everyone!

Nov 01, 2021

Steeped in a turbulent history, comprised of beautiful different scenery from the moorland of the north, to the valleys and glens of Ettrick the Scottish Borders has something for everyone. 


If you are interested in history, exploring the Abbeys is a must, from Dryburgh through to Melrose. Learn about the way the monks used to live, how they reacted to the local communities, the attacks and ultimate downfall of the monasteries. Entwine this with visiting castles and historic houses to learn about the powerful families of the Borders who controlled lowland Scotland and were forever changing sides in the long-fought battles for power with the English Lords. Some of our favorites are Thirlestane Castle, still totally intact and the seat of the once powerful Maitland family, and Hermitage Castle, now a ruin under the care of Historic Scotland an important player in the Anglo-Scots border battles and the story of the Border Reivers.   


We also now have the Tapestry of Scotland in Galashiels in a new purposely built building, and the Heart of Hawick which helps celebrate the vibrate textile industry past and present in the Borders. The Trimontium Museum in Melrose explore a fascinating Borders Roman site and it’s many archeologically discoveries. Just a walk away you can visit the site itself, sat under the majestic Eildon hills. The Eildon have been a focus for human activity since pre-historic and if you feel energetic are well worth an explore.  


If you are interested in literature, stop off the award-winning independent bookshop, café and Deli The Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells for a wonderful curated collection of the best books have to offer. Then pop to Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott to learn all about his life and work. They also have a lovely restaurant to have lunch in!

The Scottish Borders is also a great shopping destination with quirky, interesting shops in beautiful market towns, stocking an assortment of items from across the Borders and beyond. Melrose and Kelso are particularly great shopping destinations.  We are also home to a number of galleries including The Hirsel Gallery in Coldstream, and The Melrose Gallery in Melrose. 


Quality food and drink are important to the Scottish Borders, both producing it and consuming it! We have a number of wonderful restaurants that focus on local produce and high-quality ingredients including The Firebrick in Lauder, The Hoebridge in Gattonside and Seasons in Gattonside. You can also experience farm to fork cooking at local farms including Wilsons Farm and Kitchen in Morebattle.   We also have a number of breweries including Tempest that makes gorgeous craft ale, and Traquir House Brewery. Gin production is also flourishing in the Borders with Abbotsford House having their own Gin and Born in the Borders producing their own.


There are also many outdoor pursuits to explore such as walking, horse riding, mountain biking, fishing on the tweed and kayaking on Lochs!  The Borders Abbey Way joins history and walking and is a wonderful walk. Glentress near Peebles supplies world class mountain biking trails, with the rest of the Borders having off road, and quiet road cycling routes to easily get about.  St Mary’s Loch is stunning and even better when explored by canoe, paddle board or kayak. The Tweed is a world famous Salmon fishing river, and nothing beats a quiet afternoon learning fly fishing with an experienced gilly and then heading back to your holiday lodge to relax ready for more adventures the next day! You could even try horse riding at Tim Starks own equestrian center near Selkirk.

The Borders Abbey Way


The Borders also has great travel links to Edinburgh. You can hop on a train at Tweedbank and be in the center of Edinburgh in 50 mins, or the A68 and A7 provide fast roads with good bus routes.


We are also close to Northumbria with all it has to offer, and not far from the wonders of the East Lothian coastline, including the breathtaking beaches of Gullane, Yellowcraigs. The Borders also has it’s own stunning stretch of coastline with Codlingham bay and it’s rows of beach huts, Eyemouth with a harbour and rich smuggling history which can be explored at Gunsgreen House and Museum, and of course St Abbs head or New Asgard if the Marvel films are to be believed! 


The Scottish Borders really does have something for everyone!


Elisabeth Kelly Airhouses  


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