The Scottish Borders

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 Scott's View to the Eildon Hills, Scottish Borders  (Shutterstock)

Scott's View to the Eildon Hills, Scottish Borders (Shutterstock)

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Why Go To The Scottish Borders?

The Borders are less showy than the more celebrated Highlands, but they've got serious credentials. Just some of things you can do in the Scottish Borders that you can't do anywhere else...

  • Take in some of Britain’s very best views, like Scott’s View (Sir Walter's favourite), or the 360-degree panorama from Ruberslaw

  • Walk! There are no less than 4 great trails, Scotland's excellent long-distance routes, such as the coast-to-coast Southern Upland Way and the Borders Abbey Way

  • Enjoy some fine beaches and coastline around St. Abb’s Head

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Slow down! Don't zoom past the Borders in your rush to the Highlands. Some of Britain’s very best viewpoints are here, including Scott’s View (Sir Walter's favourite), or the 360-degree panorama from Ruberslaw (from where the sun rises over England and the Cheviot). Wonderful walking country, with no less than 4 great trails, such as the 212-mile coast-to-coast Southern Upland Way and the Borders Abbey Way (taking in the famous abbeys of Jedburgh, Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso). Highest point: Broad Law (840m). Other highlights include St. Abb’s Head, St. Mary’s Loch, the Eildon Hills, Fatlips Castle and the river Tweed.

 The Tweed valley from Glentress Forest  (VisitScotland)

The Tweed valley from Glentress Forest (VisitScotland)

The essential journeys - it's plural in the Scottish Borders - are the long distance "great trails":

 

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Getting To The Scottish Borders, Maps & Guides

Getting there: 1 hr by car from Edinburgh.

Travel times from where you are: See the Scottish Borders on Google Maps.

Maps: Find the right Ordnance Survey maps and / or get a month's free subscription to their excellent OS Maps app.

Guidebooks: Pathfinder.

Walking route guidance: WalkingHighlands and the four great trails (links above).

Tourist board: Visit Scotland.


Even More The Scottish Borders Adventure Inspiration

 Sunrise from Ruberslaw, Scottish Borders  (Humphrey Butler/Marvellous Maps)

Sunrise from Ruberslaw, Scottish Borders (Humphrey Butler/Marvellous Maps)

Listen to… St. Cuthbert’s Way covered by BBC Scotland Outdoors.


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