Nature and geography in the Scottish Borders

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With snow-capped peaks in winter, abundant flora and fauna in the spring and summer, and spectacular autumnal leaf displays, the Scottish Borders is stunning at any time of the year. Use these listings to help plan your enjoyment of the wonderful nature and geography of the Scottish Borders.

Explore the gateway to Scotland, where miles of woodlands, hills and coastline can be found. Whether you are experiencing the thrills of surfing on the Berwickshire coast, cycling through the gentle Nisbet Rhoses route near Duns or spotting puffins at St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve, you are sure to be astounded by the region's natual heritage.

Discover a walker's paradise, from the rolling hills and moorland in the west to the rocky Berwickshire coastline in the east. Visit the Tweed Valley Forest Park, which has a variety of waymarked trails which are fantastic for walking and horse riding. Enjoy 17 waymarked walks for all abilities, spread across seven diverse forests with snowdrops in February and pretty bluebells in May.

Spot flying fish as the wild salmon battle the currents of the River Ettrick or see St Mary's Loch, southern Scotland's largest body of water.

  • Two mountain bikers on a woodland track in Glentress Forest
    Mountain bikers in Glentress Forest
  • Two mountain bikers on a woodland track in Glentress Forest
    Mountain bikers in Glentress Forest
  • Visitors walk along a garden path at Abbotsford House
    Abbotsford House gardens
  • Classic cars driving through the streets of Selkirk
    Classic cars driving through the streets of Selkirk
Two mountain bikers make their way down a track in Glentress Forest

Forests and woodlands

Uncover the wonderful array of forests and woodlands that are on offer in the Scottish Borders.

A couple mountain biking in the hills of the Scottish Borders

Mountains and hills

Discover the stunning mountains and hills that are on offer in the Scottish Borders.

Two walkers on a slope above the harbour at St. Abbs

Hides and reserves

Explore the diverse scenery of the Scottish Borders as you discover the region’s flora and fauna in its natural surroundings.

Looking inside a green house in Kailzie Gardens

Gardens and parks

Find out about the many beautiful parks and gardens of the Scottish Borders.

Close up of a sign in Jedburgh with shops and houses in the background

Towns and villages

Learn more about the history, location and attractions of the charming towns and villages of the Scottish Borders.

Crowds watch the riders at Peebles Beltane Festival

Heritage and outdoor events

Learn more about the local history of the Scottish Borders at one of the many fantastic outdoor and heritage events.