Sandwiched between Edinburgh and the border with England, hence the name, Scottish Borders is an often-overlooked region which many visitors simply pass through on their way further north.

Take the time to explore, however, and you'll find an exciting range of attractions - museums, castles, stately homes, natural beauty, adrenaline-filled outdoor adventures, excellent food and drink and an incredible range of community events and festivals throughout the year.

Historical attractions are particularly abundant in the Borders - Christian monks lived here in large numbers in the 13th and 14th centuries, and the beautiful abbeys they called home are now major visitor attractions. Castles can be found all over Scotland, and the Borders are no exception - the different styles and locations each tell a story of battles, defences and centuries gone by. Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott is one of the Borders' most famous residents and once lived in Abbotsford House. This and other stately homes are open to the public and now house museums and exhibitions, and they make for a great family day out.

Today, the Borders is a vibrant and exciting place to spend time - full of natural beauty, outdoor pursuits, pretty towns and villages with bustling streets and thriving communities.

You certainly won't be bored in the Borders!

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Historical attractions
Historical attractions

The range of historical attractions in the Scottish Borders is truly impressive. With a rich history spanning millennia and proudly celebrated through community gatherings and events, this is one of …

Food & drink
Food & drink

The Scottish Borders is dotted with excellent restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, and there's even a scotch whisky distillery in Hawick.Small, friendly cafes and coffee shops can be found across …

Events & festivals
Events & festivals

Community spirit is strong in the Scottish Borders, and the annual calendar is littered with festivals, races, gatherings, and the popular Common Riding.The tradition of Common Riding dates back to …

Outdoor adventures
Outdoor adventures

Outdoor adventures are in abundance in the Borders - with so many to choose from, you'll want to stay for at least a few days to make the most of …

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