Why the Scottish Borders

Fall under the spell of the beauty and enthralling history of the Scottish Borders. Discover a gentler pace of life amid the sweeping valleys, emerald forests and heather-clad moorlands of this outstanding part of the world. With excellent local food and drink, a range of outdoor pursuits and a flourishing cultural scene, the Scottish Borders will captivate you from the moment you arrive.

History and Heritage

The tranquil natural beauty of the Scottish Borders belies a turbulent past. Romantic heroes, literary giants and marauding outlaws grace the pages of the Scottish Borders history, and this dramatic heritage is kept alive by many proud and passionate people.

It’s hard to believe that the rolling hillsides and picturesque towns of the Scottish Borders have witnessed centuries of fierce conflict and anarchy. For a long time after the erection of Hadrian’s Wall by the Romans in AD 122, the history of this serene region was plagued with violence.

The region boasts a treasure trove of historical attractions, museums and exhibitions which bring the colourful history to life. The Scottish Borders is home to four remarkable abbeys which are stepped in history.

Activities and Attractions

A magical area filled with stunning castles and abbeys with enough to keep you busy for weeks. At Dryburgh and Melrose Abbey you can walk around the magnificent ruins and grounds appreciating the grandeur of the monastic life. Abbeys are only the tip of the ice berg, a trip to Hermitage Castle the vast and eerie 14th century ruin located on the banks of the bloodiest valley in Britain.

The famous Sir Walter Scott was a resident of the area and you can view his old residence at Abbotsford House and then wander along to Scott’s View referring to Sir Walter Scott’s favourite viewpoint in the Scottish Borders over the River Tweed.

If you’re looking for a more relaxed day out with family or friends a walk along Coldingham Bay and a dip in the sea, depending on the weather, is a great way to explore the picturesque Berwickshire coastline. What better way to spend the afternoon after a walk along the coastline that at Traquir House and Brewery. With all these and a range of other activities and attractions such as beautiful walking and cycling routes there’s a plethora of things to keep you busy whilst visiting the Scottish Borders.

Food and Drink

Come and discover a regional feast of flavours as you enjoy food and drink across the Scottish Borders. Choose from a great selection of bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes where you can indulge in an exciting range of dishes which make the most of delicious locally sourced produce. Menus burst with the succulent meat from locally-reared livestock and fresh seasonal berries, as well as excellent sweets and seafood. Whatever your taste and budget, there's a suitable eatery for you.

Pick up fresh raw ingredients for yourself at farmers' markets and try your hand at recreating delicious dishes, or sample one of the region's thirst-quenching ales. The Scottish Borders is a real gem for foodie lovers, so make the most of the wonderful food and drink and the warm welcome during your visit.

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The Cross Keys

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