An Appreciation Of The Borders

Summer is a great time to enjoy The Borders. There is just so much to do with outdoor activities a great draw for both visitors and residents alike and geography that offers a variety of landscapes and scenery from coast to hills and valleys

If it's remote you are looking for its out or cycle of the main Borders towns. Take to the Yarrow and Ettrick Valleys and it's not long before you are in idyllic countryside with quiet back roads to enjoy the peace.

Sometimes overlooked but fantastic scenery and great walking country awaits those that take in the wilds of the Teviot Valley around Hawick and Denholm or The Cheviots with the twin villages of Yetholm and Morebattle. Kelso is not to be missed and take time joins the coast at Berwick. From there you can the choose to explore Northumberland and the costal stretch down to Lindisfarne and Holy Isle or take the high road back along the rugged Berwickshire coastland taking the tourist route to Coldingham and St Abbs with great cliff walks sheltering harbours and smugglers coves to explore.

The Upper Tweed Valley is a popular destination and you will often see bikes en route to the world class facilities at Glentress and Innerleithen just outside Peebles. The town of Peebles is a well kent honey trap for tourists just a short trip from Edinburgh and off ers a good range of attractive shops.

Melrose with its Abbey and central location nestling below The Eildons Hills is a great tourist attraction as is the nearby Abbotsford the home of one of Scotlands greatest sons, Sir Walter Scott, and fi ttingly the Borders Railway runs on the Waverley line named after one of his most famous novels.

The Scottish Borders truly has a lot to off er with its rich tapestry of landscapes steeped in history and is the ideal location for a short break or longer stay. Wherever you choose to go in The Borders a warm welcome awaits. TC

Published: July 2017

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