Nestled in the heart of the region, Galashiels is steeped in history. This once important textile producing centre not only boasts handsome 19th century architecture, but is also well-known for its beautifully made cashmere knitwear.
Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the area on two wheels by following the breathtaking Tweed Cycle Way, or on a walk along the Southern Upland Way. No foodie should leave the town before sampling a regional delicacy known as Galashiels Soor Plooms, sour tasting boiled sweets.
The genteel and handsome Peebles is a peaceful town of outstanding natural beauty. Situated only 23 miles south of Edinburgh, it sits on the bank of the River Tweed offering plenty of parkland with pleasant riverside walks, while the wide high street has an attractive mix of Victorian architecture.
Indulge in some excellent arts and craft shopping in the town, once named the Top Independent Retailing Town in Scotland, soak up the area’s fascinating art and history at the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, or go fishing on the River Tweed, one of the top salmon rivers in the world.
In Selkirk you can admire the stunning vistas along the banks of St Mary’s Loch, southern Scotland’s largest body of water and a popular watersports destination. Did you know that Sir Walter Scott and fellow writer James Hogg would meet at Tibbie Shiels Inn on the loch’s shore where they would discuss local folklore?
While visiting the town, don’t miss browsing the bustling farmers’ markets where you can buy directly from the producers, and sample the Selkirk Bannock, a wonderfully fruity bread which is said to have been a great favourite of Queen Victoria.
To learn about the region’s proud textile heritage head to Hawick where the Borders Textile Towerhouse reveals how the world’s leading designers, including Chanel and Dior, have used the skills of the Scottish Borders’ workers.
Hawick also boasts a state-of-the-art Heritage Hub where you can trace your family tree and uncover your ancestral connections with the region, and for everyone with a sweet tooth, there is the chance to try another of the region's sugary delights, Hawick Balls, boiled peppermint flavoured sweets.