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A great location for Scottish and English holiday experiences, the Scottish Borders area offers a base within easy reach of the best of Northumberland’s attractions and the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Scottish Borders officially cover an expanse of land from the England-Scotland border up to West Linton near Edinburgh and out to the coast and Eyemouth. It’s a beautiful part of Scotland and it’s all yours to explore.

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Your guide to Scottish Borders

Scottish Borders at a glance:
  • A beautiful region, conveniently situated for visits to Glasgow and Edinburgh and for trips back to England and into Northumberland.
  • An excellent base from which to explore Scottish and English attractions.
  • Lovely beaches, with rugged coastal areas and trails to explore.
  • Enjoy some of the world’s best walking and mountain biking trails.
  • Plan your visit to coincide with an event such as the Borders Book Festival or Scottish Borders Walking Festival.

Sandwiched between the Scottish border with England and the capital city of Edinburgh, the Borders region is well-placed as a holiday base for a relaxing break amongst a variety of exciting attractions. To the south you’ll find stunning Northumberland - the English border county that is home to countless castles and delightful countryside - whilst to the north you’ll discover Edinburgh’s own castle along with many other major tourist attractions that will provide plenty of things to do. However, to talk about the Scottish Borders only in the context of England and Edinburgh does the region a huge disservice, as the Borders region as a whole is a charming, beautiful holiday and short break destination where you will find much to see and do no matter what your interests.

As with much of Scotland, the region stands out as being home to enchanting natural scenery that is perfect if you’re a fan of the outdoors looking for somewhere to stretch your legs or get out on your bike. Inland you’ll enjoy peaceful trails through woodlands and over hills, though you might instead prefer a drive out to the coast with its rugged features, its beautiful beaches and its charming fishing villages that offer delicious refreshments for the weary traveller.

Scotland is famed for its golf courses and you’ll find some excellent courses in the Borders region, perfect for experienced players or for those that wish to try something new on their holiday or short break. Scotland’s golf courses are among the most pristine and scenic in the world, which means that no matter what your level of ability you’ll still find every round to be a delight.

Every year there are major events held amongst the towns of the Borders, enabling you to time your visit to ensure that you get the most out of your experience. The Borders Book Festival is a major UK event held every June, with renowned authors known to attend, whilst the Scottish Borders Walking Festival, held during the first week in September, is a more energetic affair as its name would suggest.

The towns of the Borders, such as Melrose, Kelso, Peebles and Galashiels, all feature interesting attractions themselves. Book into your Scottish Borders hotel and, once you’ve arrived, use your time to make the most of this exciting and attractive region.

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Local attractions
  • Melrose Abbey
    Melrose Abbey
  • Abbotsford House
    Abbotsford House
  • HMY Britannia
    HMY Britannia
  • Edinburgh Castle
    Edinburgh Castle

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  • Bay Waverley Castle Hotel
    Bay Waverley Castle Hotel

    History and scenery in the heart of the Borders

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