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The Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders is the easiest destination in Scotland to reach, full of rolling hills, open countryside and picturesque coastline. It's also rich in history with spellbinding abbeys, textile mills and awe-inspiring stately homes and castles. 

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How to travel to and around the Scottish Borders

Spanning 1,800 square miles, the Scottish Borders is just south of Edinburgh, to the north east of Dumfries & Galloway and borders with Northumberland in the north of England. 

Getting to


There are regular services from London King’s Cross via York, Newcastle and Berwick-upon-Tweed on the East Coast Main Line to Edinburgh. You can connect to the Borders Railway at Edinburgh Waverley or switch to Borders Buses for local connections at Berwick-upon-Tweed. 

Check out the LNER website for details

The Borders Railway makes the region more accessible than ever. Connecting Edinburgh with Tweedbank, journey time is just under an hour and there are 10 charming towns in both Midlothian and the Borders. 

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Getting around


The Scottish Borders is criss-crossed by a multitude of footpaths and long distance routes, making the most of the wide-open spaces and fantastic scenery.

Major long distance routes include the Southern Upland Way, linking the Dumfries & Galloway coast in the west to the Berwickshire coast in the eastern Scottish Borders, and St Cuthbert’s Way, stretching from Melrose all the way across the border with England to the island of Lindisfarne.

Walk Highlands is a great resource for walks of various lengths across Midlothian and the Scottish Borders for keen walkers and novices alike, and there are lots of walking routes for the Scottish Borders on the Scotland Starts Here website.


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A tip from your local expert

Scottish Crafts

Visit the Buy Design Gallery & Harestanes Visitor Centre. Then take a walk to the 150 ft tall Waterloo Monument on Peniel Heugh.

You'll be blown away by the uninterrupted panoramic views across the Borders.


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