A couple by Bowhill Loch in the grounds of Bowhill House, West of Selkirk.
A couple enjoy the view towards the cliffs east of St Abbs Head
From the dense woodland to the sheer cliff faces, the Scottish Borders has an impressive range of diverse landscapes which not only shelter some stunning bird species but offer you some unparalled opportunities to get close to them.
After an absence of over 100 years, ospreys are now a familiar sight in the skies above the Scottish Borders. Thanks to the support of the dedicated Tweed Valley Osprey Project, they have flourished and are now well established in the Tweed Valley Forest Park. The most successful breeding season, with 18 chicks were born to 8 breeding pairs, came in 2008 and the project continues to go from strength to strength.
To secure an intimate view into their unassailable domains in the forest canopy during breeding season, head to the specialist visitor centres at Kailzie Gardens and Glentress Forest near Peebles. Live streaming from CCTV cameras on large TV screens allows monitoring and studying of these magnificent birds and their family lives.
These fish-hunting raptors can often be spotted over quiet woodland, lochs or rivers so keep your eyes peeled along the river Tweed. Failing that, there is an abundance of birdlife the length of the river and along the coast once you reach its estuary, including ducks, swans, dippers, woodpeckers and warblers.
The National Nature Reserve at St Abb’s Head near Eyemouth is a short distance away from Berwick and boasts some exceptional summer guests, including the outlandishly coloured puffin as well as guillemots, kittiwakes and razorbills. For the best views, follow the paths leading from Northfield Farm.
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Stow of Wedale Geocache trail takes you on a treasure hunt around this small village in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Explore the village and uncover all the hidden stories and remember to claim your prize. Fun for all ages.
The most extensive area of rolling hill country in the UK is right here and just waiting to be explored. Join a trek along the Southern Uplands Way, Scotland's 'coast to coast' route, stretching across the country to end at Cockburnspath.