Outdoor activities of the Scottish Borders

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  • Angler fishing for late season salmon on the River Tweed, near Dryburgh
    Angler fishing on the River Tweed, near Dryburgh
  • Two golfers playing the 7-hole of Roxburghe Golf Course, near Kelso
    Roxburghe Golf Course, near Kelso
  • Southern Borders Loop, near the Hermitage Castle
    Southern Borders Loop, near the Hermitage Castle
  • Two walkers by the River Tweed, near Dawyck
    The River Tweed, near Dawyck

Whether you’re a fan of adrenaline-pumping sports or simply want to relax and unwind in natural surroundings, the beautiful Scottish Borders has it all.

From relaxing treks across secluded moors and lush valleys, to flying down rugged terrain on a mountain bike, the wonderfully varied of landscape of the Scottish Borders lends itself to an array of outdoor activities.

Feel your pulse race as you tackle the challenging trails at two of the 7stanes excellent mountain biking centres – the combined Glentress & Innerleithen, and Newcastleton. Both experienced bikers and newcomers will find exhilarating trails of all grades that twist and turn through dense forests and steep hillsides.

Meanwhile the region’s quiet country roads and waymarked routes are ideal for those wanting to explore its picturesque countryside on two wheels. Follow the winding River Tweed Cycle Way or cycle past romantic ruins and grand estates on the Borderloop.

Alongside its exceptional biking, the Scottish Borders is also regarded as something of a walker’s paradise. Walk in the footsteps of illustrious Border heroes on St Cuthbert’s Way or follow the John Buchan Way to take in the favourite beauty spots of the author of The Thirty-Nine Steps
The magnificent River Tweed has not only the distinction of being the second longest river in Britain, it also receives more Atlantic salmon than any other river in Europe. Join anglers from across the world to cast your line in the glistening waters of the River Tweed and try your luck at catching a record breaking specimen.

Tee off on a variety of 9 and 18-hole golf courses that have challenged the prowess of some of the sport’s finest players. Why not invest in a Freedom of the Fairways Golf Passport, Scotland’s best-selling golf pass, to make the most out of 21 of the region’s superb courses? From the championship standards courses of The Roxburghe and Cardrona to hidden gems including The Hirsel and St Boswells, a visit to the Borders is essential for all golfing enthusiasts. 

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