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Situated in the south east of Scotland, the regions of Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders all blend rich history, breathtaking landscapes, thrilling outdoor activities and much more. Luckily for us, experiencing all these enchanting regions have to offer is easier than ever before, thanks to the Borders Railway.

Opened by Her Majesty The Queen in September 2015, the railway connects Edinburgh with Tweedbank, passing rolling hills, the sparkling River Tweed and stopping by a range of charming towns along the way. Destinations on the route include Edinburgh, Brunstane, Newcraighall, Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Stow, Galashiels and Tweedbank.

Borders Railway steam train journeys

The Royal Scot steam train © Bob Green / Locomotive Services Ltd, all rights reserved.The Royal Scot steam train © Bob Green / Locomotive Services Ltd, all rights reserved.

In the summer months you can enjoy the sights and sounds of a vintage steam train journey as you glide through the beautiful countryside of Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.

Find out more about the Borders Railway steam train now.

What else can I do in the Scottish Borders?

The Scottish Borders is full of fantastic things to see and do, so why not make a weekend or short break of your trip? Car hire is available from Galashiels, and you'll find a wide range of quality accommodation all around the region.

Jedburgh Abbey

If you're staying overnight in the Tweedbank or Galashiels area, be sure to visit some of the other beautiful Borders abbeys, such as Jedburgh and Dryburgh. Walkers and cyclists should also check out the Borders Abbey Way, a 109-km route passing all four abbeys plus the historic towns of Hawick and Selkirk, or the beautiful St Cuthbert's Way, one of Scotland's Great Trails, which begins in Melrose.

Floors Castle Kelso

Outside the nearby town of Kelso lies Floors Castle, a spectacular stately home with beautiful gardens and grounds. Further west you'll find Traquair House by Innerleithen, where you can take part in arts and crafts workshops, or enjoy a taste of the house's very own home-brewed beer.

Dawyck Botanic blue poppies

Elsewhere in the region, you'll find the world-class mountain biking trails at the 7stanes centres in Glentress and Innerleithen & Newcastleton, tree top adventures at Go Ape! in Peebles, the beautiful Dawyck Botanic Garden and much more.

Find out more about the Scottish Borders and try Scottish Borders local produce.

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What else can I do in Midlothian?

Those travelling to Midlothian will find a wealth of great attractions and activities in this historic region. Wander the peaceful grounds of the striking Newbattle Abbey, experience owl encounters, hawk walks and archery at Dalhousie Castle, which also boasts a fabulous spa and restaurant, or book an exclusive tour of Arniston House

Crichton Castle

Look out for special events at Melville Castle, pop into Stewart Brewing for a fascinating tour of their working brewery (you can enjoy a wee taster at the end too!) or head to Crichton Castle and admire the Italian-inspired architecture, carved stonework and late 14th century tower house (one of the oldest in Scotland).

Rosslyn Chapel exterior sunny

If you fancy stretching your legs head to Vogrie Country Park, Dalkeith Country Park or Gore Glen Woodland Park or park at Rosslyn Chapel and enjoy an afternoon hike along the beautiful Rosslyn Glen Walk. Along this circular route you'll pass the remains of the Roslin Glen gunpowder mill as well as the atmospheric ruins of Rosslyn Castle.

Midlothian Snowsports Centre

Looking for something a little higher on the adrenaline scale? Book a skiing or snowboarding session at Midlothian Snowsports Centre or head to Ozone Action Sports Centre to enjoy the cutting edge trampoline park, Ryze, or adrenaline filled activities like BMX riding and skateboarding at the Transgression Park.

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