The Scottish Borders Tourism Info

South Scotland, bordering Northeastern England
Counties: Berwickshire, Ettrick, Lauderdale, Roxburgh, Tweeddale
Main City/Town: Newtown St. Boswells (Population 1,086)

The Scottish Borders Tourism Info

Scotts View at the BordersThe Scottish Borders has for a long time been a gateway into Scotland from the south. In the past the border of England and Scotland has moved north and south during the feudal times. Now the region is a beatiful place to visit, with its breath taking landscape of rolling hills and the River Tweed stretching from east to west. The Scottish borders is scattered with friendly small towns and some of the most important historic monuments in Scotland which proved their fight for independence.

Melrose AbbeyIn the award winning town of Melrose is the great Melrose Abbey. The Abbey was founded in the 12th century by monks and once part of a great monastery set in the solitude of the Tweed Valley. Now a days it is a quant town with friendly inns, restaurants and of course the beautiful ruins of the Abbey. But from the surrounding view you can imagine how it was during the middle ages. Destroyed by the English and built again by the Scottish during the Wars of Independence. During these times one of Scotland's great hero, Robert the Bruce, took a fondness to the structure and now it is here where Robert the Bruce's heart is buried (his body is buried at Dumfermline Abbey). Melrose is on the Jedburgh AbbeyBorders Abbeys Way which is a 65 miles circular trail which includes 3 other historic Abbeys; Jedburgh, Kelso, and Dryburgh. All Abbeys where built during the reign of King David I to demonstrate to the English that Scots could also create grand religious buildings, but now are all in ruins. Floors Castle, in Kelso, is the largest inhabited castle in Scotland. William Wallace's statue can also be found in Kelso. On the way to Dryburgh is the Scott's View, made famous by Sir Walter Scott for his favourite view. The view is of the Eildon Hills. On the trail is also the town of Selkirk, where every is held the Common Riding; an annual celebration where about 400 riders commemorate the brave men that fought along side William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.

Peebles Bridge over Tweed RiverTo the West is the town of Peebles which is one of the bigger towns in the Borders region. Another historic town with churches and a castle damaged and rebuilt during the wars between the 12th and 14th centuries. Near Peebles is Glentress Forest, a great place for walking, biking and horse ridding. Traquair House is also worth a visit if you have time. Used by the Stuarts as a refuge for Priest in the 12th century. Now it is a Bed and Breakfast and a Brewery where you can have a sample at 1745 Cottage Restaurant.

Berwickshire East CoastlineThe east is the dramatic coastline of Berwickshire and the grouse moors of Lammermuir Hills. An ideal place for walking and bird watching.

For more details on touring the Scottish Borders you can request a brochure from the Tourist Board or download a pamphlet.

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