The Scottish Borders region covers an area of almost 2000 square miles. The area has a diverse landscape from coastal cliffs and wide sandy beaches in the east, through rolling pasture to wild moorland, hills and forests. The River Tweed is famous for salmon fishing – you can book a day’s fishing with a river guide and fish for salmon, trout or grayling while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
There are long distance cycling routes throughout the region including National Cycle Network’s Route 1, and the Coast and Castles route from Newcastle to Edinburgh. We also have MTB trails at Glentress and Innerleithen for those who prefer their cycling a little more adrenalin inducing.
Golfers are spoilt for choice with over 20 courses within 40 miles. There is a 9-hole course in Galashiels, or an 18 hole course at Torwoodlee, just outside the town.
There are plenty of options for walkers from the challenging 212 mile Southern Upland Way to shorter walks along river banks or up hills to be rewarded with wide views of the borders landscape. Galashiels hosts a walking festival in spring every year with guided walks for all abilities.
The area is soaked in history – the border region between Scotland and England has been fought over for centuries and the Border Reivers regularly sent out raiding parties to steal their neighbours stock and create mayhem. Hermitage Castle and Smailholm Tower are two examples of the fortified property of the Reivers, built to withstand raids from marauding bands.
Mary, Queen of Scots visited the area and stayed in what is now called Mary, Queen of Scots house in Jedburgh. The remains of four great abbeys dominate the landscape at Melrose, Dryburgh, Jedburgh and Kelso. The history of the abbeys charts the history of the region – the spread of Christianity and the Rough Wooing and reformation. Look out for the bagpipe playing pig at Melrose Abbey.
There are many beautiful gardens – Harmony and Priorwood at Melrose, Kailzie near Peebles, and one of the National Botanic Gardens of Scotland at Dawyck – renowned for the tree collection, and home to marvellous displays of rhododendrons and azaleas through the spring and early summer.
Address: Craigielea Bed & Breakfast, Lawyers Brae, Galashiels, Scottish Borders, TD1 3JQ
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