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Within a 25 mile radius you will find an abundance of things to see and do

The Scottish Borders is one of the finest introductions to the nature and character of a country. The open space of green hills and rich farming plains with their network of well established fishing rivers indicate a land blessed with good architecture and unpolluted water.
The picturesque ruins of several abbeys bear witness to the turbulence of centuries of Border wars and religious strife focusing attention on a tapestry of history, heritage, culture and recreation, and this is a region inundated with fine houses, castles and museums to visit.
Horses carried the men of the Borders into many a battle. It was on horseback too that the ‘bounds’ were checked as the people of the Borders protected their own from marauders. Their legacy lives on in some of the spectacular ‘Common Ridings’ – unique, annual, equestrian festivals that celebrate our indebtedness to our Borders‘ ancestors.
Nowadays, it’s old farm buildings with their beautiful sandstone archways and cobbled floors that give us insight into the numbers of working horses that ploughed the land from dawn till dusk on Border farms.
Happily, however, in 2006, horses are just as vital a part of Border life as ever they were, continuing to enrich the culture and the economy of the people who live here.
The Scottish Borders still has more horses per head of population than any other part of Scotland. For centuries horses have been our lifeblood and we’re passionate about them. Those of us living in this beautiful part of Southern Scotland are proud of our rich equestrian heritage. If you are contemplating a visit to the Scottish Borders, you have a wonderful treat in store. The Scottish Borders is world famous for its equestrian heritage. For centuries the undulating Southern Uplands with their mystical, rolling hills and intriguing wooded ‘hopes’ and ‘cleuchs’ harboured a culture of tough, fighting men. The Border Reivers, who thieved cattle to settle scores and to keep themselves and their families alive are now notorious the world over. These men depended entirely on the horse for their survival.

Visitor attractions in Scottish Borders




ATTRACTIONS WITHIN 25 MILES

City of Edinburgh

Dynamic Earth takes you on a journey of discovery from the beginning of time through the present day into the future.

Edinburgh Botanics houses many wonders of the plant kingdom in its grounds that include a world famous rock garden.

Edinburgh Castle dominates the city skyline and is host to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Edinburgh Dungeon shows the gruesome side of the city's history!

Edinburgh Zoo has the world's largest penguin pool!

Holyrood Palace was Mary Queen of Scots home and is the Queen's official residence in Scotland.

National Galleries of Scotland exhibit old masters and modern art in 4 specialist galleries.

National Trust Properties, The Georgian House and Gladstone's Land give insight into typical Edinburgh houses of the 18th and 17th century respectively.

STOP PRESS: See more for less - get a Trust touring pass. For details, click on National Trust.

Museum of Childhood is a treasure house full of children's toys from past to present day.

Royal Yacht Britannia now resides in all her glory in Edinburgh's Port of Leith.

Royal Observatory Visitor Centreis seeing stars!

Scottish Whisky Heritage Centre educates about our national drink and gives adults a free taste!

Coast and Countryside

From the doorstep to within a 35 mile radius of us you will find:

Deep Sea World where you can walk (and stay dry) among the fish!

Hopetoun House - undoubtedly one of Scotland's finest stately homes with fantastic views of the Forth road and rail bridges.

Pentland Hills Regional Park is all around you! Feel free to explore the many walks in Robert Loius Stevenson's "Hills of Home"!  Click here for more scenes of . Guide books available in the cottages.

Rosslyn Chapel - a unique 15th century chapel renowned for its Gothic style and rich carvings.

Scottish Sea Bird Centre  where you can view puffins, gannets and other seabirds up close using interactive cameras.

Tantallon Castle set on the edge of a sea cliff! Climb the battlements for panoramic views!

STOP PRESS: See more for less! Get a Historic Scotland touring pass. For details, click on Tantallon Castle. 

Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe

Click here to find out more about the world renowned Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which are staged every year in August.

Getting to The Scottish Borders

We've listed useful travel information and web-sites to help you on your way.....

Travel by Air -The nearest airport is Edinburgh. Glasgow is approximately 50 miles away.

Travel by Rail - The nearest railway station is Edinburgh Waverley situated in the centre of the city.

Travel by car - see Location map for details - we are very easy to find


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The Scottish Borders, south of the countries capital city, Edinburgh, is an area of tranquil villages, bustling textile towns and varied scenery, including a wild coastline running northwards from the border by Berwick-upon-Tweed. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of attractions, including magnificent historic houses, great Border abbeys, telling their tale of Border feuds with England, and working woollen mills and craft workshops. The adventures of the old time reivers (Border raiders) are still recounted in song and ballad today. Drumlanrig's Tower in Hawick, largest of the Scottish Borders towns, portrays life in former days, while the town of Selkirk claims that its Common Riding is the largest mounted gathering anywhere in Europe.
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