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Your guide to Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders at a glance:

  • Rich variety of landscapes.
  • Pretty villages and towns.
  • Freshest food from locally sourced ingredients.
  • Endless opportunities for walking and cycling.
  • Historic houses, castles and abbeys.

Your guide to the Scottish Borders

Spanning some 18,000 square miles, the wonderfully varied landscape of the Scottish Borders provides visitors with the perfect backdrop for a relaxing break.

Rolling hills, gentle valleys, open moorland, rocky coastline speckled with hidden coves and picture-postcard fishing villages: this unspoilt area is the perfect place to unwind and recharge.

Relax in the Scottish Borders and take in this incredibly varied landscape, which is the perfect place to unwind and escape from the hustle and bustle of modern day life. Discover the very best of this now tranquil region, peppered with fairy-tale castles, magnificent homes and grand abbeys that offer a glimpse into its colourful and sometimes tempestuous history.

Discover St Marys Loch that's nestled in the Yarrow Valley amongst the rolling hills to the West of the borders, close to Ettrick Forest where William Wallace rallied allies to raid the English settlements nearby. This awe-inspiring historic site is the perfect serene spot for walking, cycling, sailing or fishing in inspiring surroundings of uninterrupted natural beauty.

Explore the East, which borders the North Sea, and visit St Abbs, a pretty seaside village, or Cove, a quaint former fishing village. Wander through the picturesque towns of Melrose and Peebles with their dainty cafés, wonderful vistas and a plethora of year-round outdoors activities; or discover the many historic buildings in this area with their fascinating and sometimes bloody tales of the past.

You can also tuck into a hearty meal at one of the region’s many restaurants where local chefs take pride in using locally-sourced ingredients taken from the nearby farms, alongside freshly caught mouthwatering seafood from the coastal areas. Specialist producers sell their wares at farmer’s markets hosted at Hawick, Jedburgh, Kelso and Peebles on certain days during the month and a visit is a must during your stay, with everything from real ale and traditional cheeses to wild game and organic poultry on offer.

Take a trip back through time and learn of the rich Borders history: once home to Christian monks who occupied the grand Border Abbeys, and latter the scene of the bloody battle at Flodden Field, where around 60,000 armed men faced each other after the invasion of King James. The Borders were also home to the famous writer Sir Walter Scott, who lived close to Melrose, he immortalised the battle in his poem, ‘Marmion; A Tale of Flodden Field’. The area fires the imagination with its many tales to tell, and the sheer beauty of the landscape makes it a superb choice for walking and cycling.

Melrose is the perfect place to stay when exploring this wonderful area. Located centrally, it allows easy access to the many faces of this scenic region. Our Bay Hotel in Melrose offers a friendly welcome and warm Scottish hospitality in comfortable surroundings, with plenty to see and do close by.

 
 
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Local Attractions

Cocoa Black Chocolate and Pastry School

For serious chocoholics, the Chocolate and Pastry School in Peebles, run by Ruth Hinks, offers classes in preparing delicious treats for participants of all ages and abilities. Since the school was opened by His Royal Highness Prince Edward, it has welcomed more than 10,000 students under the watchful eye of Ruth, the UK World Chocolate Master.

Abbotsford House

The famous Abbotsford House, once home to Sir Walter Scott, is a must-see if you're visiting Melrose. Built almost 200 years ago on the banks of the River Tweed, the house offers guests the opportunity to see some of the amazing items which inspired Sir Walter Scott to write his many novels, poems and Scottish literature. The ever-changing exhibits at Abbotsford give both tourists and enthusiasts a reason to return and enjoy this historic building time and time again.

Pease Bay

A wonderful spot to explore, Pease Bay’s miles of sand and spectacular seascape makes it popular with visitors of all ages. Relax in these wonderful surroundings or take a stroll through the idyllic scenery, soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of this magnificent coastline. Nearby, there are plenty of pretty resorts to stop for a coffee or lunch.

Hadrian's Wall

This astounding landmark has existed for hundreds of years and spans 73 miles (80 Roman miles) from coast to coast. Various trails take you along sections of the wall and allow you to explore some of the lesser known historic sites along the way.

Robert Smail's Printing Works

This is an operational print shop with hundreds of years of history that provides a wonderful insight into printing history. From 1866, the presses here have produced cards and stationery for the local businesses, together with newspapers for the townsfolk. Today, the presses still function, despite some of them dating back to Victorian times.

Jedburgh Castle and Jail

Wander through the original prison cell blocks, find out what life was like in a prison in the 1820s, hear the tales of the Jail’s inmates and see how their cells would have looked when it was operational. You can also visit the Governor's House and discover Jedburgh’s history with a fascinating glimpse into the lives of its people and industries.

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