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Get active in the Scottish Borders

Lush rolling hills, miles of country roads, a rich history and delicious food and drink. The delights of the Scottish Borders can be enjoyed year round.

Scott's View, overlooking the valley of the River Tweed and the Eildon Hill, which is reputed to be one of the favourite views of Sir Walter Scott.

Scott’s View, near Dryburgh

But this September is the time to visit, with a packed programme of active events drawing you to experience the Scottish Borders, and discover the area our famous writer Sir Walter Scott called home.

What are you waiting for? Check out these great events, happening across the Scottish Borders throughout September

Borders Heritage Festival

1 – 30 September

This year’s Borders Heritage Festival is set to be the biggest yet. The fantastic month-long festival  celebrates the spectacular heritage sites of the Borders through light, music, storytelling, re-enactment, theatre and performance.

The opening weekend will see more than 25 historical sites across the region flooded with blue light for 3 nights from Friday 1 – Sunday 3 September. Lighting the Borders is part of the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology and sites such as Bowhill House, Floors Castle, Melrose Abbey, Neidpath Castle will all be illuminated.

Borders Heritage Festival © Scottish Borders Council / Phil Wilkinson

Borders Heritage Festival © Scottish Borders Council / Phil Wilkinson

OVO Energy Tour of Britain

3 September

What better way to finish Stage 1 of the Tour of Britain than in the Scottish Borders? I It’s the fourth year that the Borders have been involved, with the stage starting in Edinburgh and weaving through the East Lothian and Scottish Borders countryside, before finishing in the town centre of Kelso, where a party atmosphere is guaranteed to welcome the cyclists as they finish the 190km first leg of the challenging competition.

Tour of Britain stage finish © SweetSpot / OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain stage finish © SweetSpot / OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Tesco Bank Tour O The Borders

3 September

The Scottish Borders really is a mecca for those on two wheels. Described by Cycle Active Magazine as ‘If Carlsberg did road cycling it would feel like this’ the Tour O The Borders is a classic closed road cycle race taking in some of the Scottish Borders most beautiful countryside.  Leaving Peebles, the circular route heads west to Stobo, then south onto Tweedsmuir, to St Mary’s Loch and the Yarrow Valley, then north through the Tweed Valley before heading back to the finish in Peebles. The longer route takes cyclists around the Ettrick Valley adding a further 30km onto the ride.

Scottish Borders Walking Festival

3 – 9 September

Changing location every year, this year’s event takes place for the fifth time in the Peebles area. Over the course of the 6-day festival, there are a choice of 28 walks to enjoy from easy through to strenuous, all with a knowledgeable walk leader. Take in some the region’s best-loved views including the beautiful Tweed Valley Forest Park.

Neidpath Castle, near Peebles

Neidpath Castle, near Peebles

To find more events and inspiration to plan your break to the Scottish Borders

Have you visited the Scottish Borders before, or planning to enjoy some of the great events above? Tell us about your experiences  on the iKnow Community forum and don’t forget to share all your snaps using #ScotSpirit