About the Scottish Borders

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From the rolling hills and moorland in the west to the gentle valleys and picturesque Berwickshire coastline in the east, the Scottish Borders covers around 1,800 square miles and sits just south of Edinburgh & The Lothians and to the north east of Dumfries & Galloway. Discover the tranquillity of the magnificent rolling hills and lush forests, enjoy action-packed outdoor activities and soak up an enthralling history that features bloody battles, magnificent castles and literary greats.

There are plenty of outdoor adventures to enjoy in the Scottish Borders thanks to its beautiful countryside landscape, which also supports a thriving mix of wildlife. The landscape has also inspired many artists and particuraly writers - explore these connections further throughout the region with attractions and activities such as the Sir Walter Scott Way, a long distance walk from Moffat to Cocksburnpath. Explore the origins of the textile industry in the Scottish Borders and see some of the materials which are still inspiring fashion designers today.

This area has a very strong and colourful history due to its geographical location in the south of Scotland, on the border with England. There are a variety of historic homes and buildings, including the four Borders Abbeys, where you can find out more or even research your family tree to find out about possible ancestors. Learn about the Borders Reviers, a lawless gang, and take part in Common Ridings events which celebrate the local people who took to horseback to try and keep them at bay.

Sample some of the finest local produce which has caught the eye of many visitors, including Queen Victoria. Try local seafood and meat, ale and sweets or the fruity Selkirk Bannock.

Find out why the Scottish Borders is often referred to as Scotland’s premier textile manufacturing region, uncover charming coastal towns and quaint countryside villages, exciting events and festivals, an abundance of fine restaurants, cafés and bars and look out for the local wildlife as you go.

  • The Buy Design Gallery at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, Jedbugh
    The Buy Design Gallery, Jedburgh
  • Sir Walter Scott's View over the River Tweed towards the Eildon Hills
    Sir Walter Scott's View over the River Tweed towards the Eildon Hills
  • Couple walking around the grounds at Dryburgh Abbey
    Dryburgh Abbey
  • Salmon Leap Walk at the Salmon Viewing Centre, Philiphaugh Estate in Selkirk
    Salmon Leap Walk at the Salmon Viewing Centre, Philiphaugh Estate in Selkirk
  • Scottish Borders' lamb, the Cobbles Inn
    Scottish Borders' lamb, the Cobbles Inn
View inside the Borders Textile Towerhouse

Arts and culture

Experience the creative side of the Scottish Borders music, dance and theatre attractions and events.

Looking over the River Tweed towards the Eildon Hills

Nature and geography

Explore the wonderful nature and geography of the Scottish Borders which is stunning at any time of the year.

Products for sale in the Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick

Textiles

Enjoy this creative part of Scotland and start planning a discovery of the textile industry in the Scottish Borders.

Dryburgh Abbey

History

The calm countryside of the Scottish Borders belies a turbulent past that can still be seen at ancient ruins and grand estates.

Falconry at Jedforest Deer Park

Wildlife

Discover the fascinating wildlife inhabiting the beautiful landscapes of the Scottish Borders.

Treats from Cocoa Black Chocolate, Peebles

Food and drink

Sample delicious food and drink in the Scottish Borders, and discover local flavours and the best places to eat and drink.

A couple enjoy the view towards the cliffs east of St Abbs Head

Area overview

Explore the contrasting landscape of the Scottish Borders from rolling hills to sparkling rivers, and discover the region’s tumultuous past, flourishing art scene, fantastic array of events and outdoor activities along with delicious regional larder.

Looking towards the House and gardens of Abbotsford, Melrose

Itineraries

Explore the Scottish Borders using our great itineraries and discover the beauty of this natural region.