Scottish Borders

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The Scottish Borders is perfectly positioned as perhaps the easiest destination in Scotland to reach. Edinburgh & The Lothians lie to the north, Dumfries & Galloway to the west. And Northumberland in northern England to the south. As you explore, let the scenery make its impression on you. From rolling hills and open countryside in the west to the gentle valleys and picturesque Berwickshire coastline in the east. The region is defined as much by the landscape as it is by its spellbinding abbeys. Awe-inspiring stately homes and castles, and the time-honoured and truly unique Common Ridings.

Weather Averages

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MARCH - MAY High 6.41°c Low -0.45°c Precipitation 0.05mm/hr
JUNE - AUGUST High 16.84°c Low 9.32°c Precipitation 0.09mm/hr
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER High 12.2°c Low 5.72°c Precipitation 0.08mm/hr
DECEMBER - FEBRUARY High 5.46°c Low -0.31°c Precipitation 0.08mm/hr

THINGS TO DO IN Scottish Borders

It's really no surprise that these lands inspired the works of literary greats like Sir Walter Scott and John Buchan. But what will surprise you is that there are plenty of thrills to be had for those who dare. Adrenaline-pumping mountain biking can be experienced at two world-class 7 stanes centres. Plus there's off-road quad biking, archery, surfing and treetop adventures. Not to mention some of the very best cycling and walking opportunities you'll find in Scotland. Keep the pace leisurely with a round of golf or cast your line as you try angling on the rivers. Whatever you choose to do, you'll find that the Scottish Borders really is a most wonderful place to unwind.


Scottish Borders
You will soon discover that gorgeous little towns on the banks of the River Tweed are a common thing in the glorious Scottish Borders. Why not start with Peebles? Only a short distance from Edinburgh, it is certainly no ordinary town with its spectacular scenery, shopping, cafés, events and outdoors activities to keep you entertained all year long. You wouldn't be the first to feel inspired by the artsy town, with many notable residents including John Buchan, the Scottish novelist, choosing to make their home here.


Scottish Borders
The Royal and Ancient Burgh of Selkirk stands high above the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Selkirk is famous is a town for its braes and wynds, and sudden unexpected views. This historic town can boast some famous patronages: William Wallace was proclaimed Overlord of Scotland in the town's Forest Kirk, while Sir Walter Scott served as Sheriff for 33 years. Halliwell's House, the town's oldest dwelling, is now the local museum.


Scottish Borders
The picturesque town of Melrose is located next to the Eildon Hills and is the birthplace of Rugby Sevens. The triple peaks of the Eildon Hills are the most distinctive single landmark in the Scottish Borders. At their feet in the valley of the Tweed lies Melrose. Ruined Melrose Abbey dates from 1136. A casket discovered believed to contain the heart of Robert the Bruce was marked by a re-burial ceremony and commemorative stone tablet. The area around Melrose has been inhabited for thousands of years. The Roman army arrived in AD79 or 80 and built a major fort nearby named Trimontium, 'Place of the Three Hills'.


With the Atlantic on our doorstep, fresh mountain waters, lush rolling hills, fertile soil and varied weather, Scottish cuisine is renowned for its unrivalled quality. From Aberdeen Angus beef, Stornoway Black Pudding, Arbroath Smokies. And Shetland salmon and shellfish to Scottish whisky, ales, scones, shortbread, not to forget haggis. Scotland is a culinary heaven for foodie lovers. So, loosen up your belt and prepare to taste your way around Scotland's great food!


Driving around Scotland is a great way to explore. You can set your own pace and stop off wherever takes your fancy. Whether you choose to hire a car or bring your own, you’ll never forget the magical scenery you pass through as you travel Scotland by car. But before you get going, you need to know the Scottish driving laws and regulations before you hit the open road.