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From Glasgow in the west or Edinburgh and Newcastle in the east, the Scottish Borders can be reached in under two hours. This region features many spectacular castles, abbeys  and ruins set amongst majestic rolling hills and beautiful valleys. The region also features magnificent rivers with an abundance of  lochs and woodlands ,which together have inspired artists and writers throughout the years ,from Robert Burns to Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg (The Ettrick Shepherd).

The area is excellent for fishing ,cycling, golf and walking ,with more than 1,500 miles of trails winding their way both across moorland and alongside coastal plains. Wildlife is also  in abundance and one can spot  seals , stags and even birds of prey.

The beauty of this area however does belie a violent past and is steeped in history  from the  Romans and their construction of Hadrian’s Wall to the   battle of Flodden Field (1513) , the Scottish Wars of Independence , the Border Reivers and the  Jacobite Risings.

In the summer months ,no less than eleven border towns host their Common Ridings where the ancient tradition of patrolling the town’s borders on horseback  also sees fancy dress cavalcades, balls, parties and a myriad of various outdoor and indoor activities.

Many visitors to this area return ,year after year, to indulge in the local hospitality and flourishing cultural scene amidst  friendly people ,  breathtaking beauty and a  tranquility more  redolent of past times.


Clockwise, Left to Right.

Kelso Main Square;  Borders Hotel, Kirk Yetholm;   Gypsy Palace, Kirk Yetholm;   Gypsy Plaque, Kirk Yetholm;   Kelso Abbey;   Mellerstain House Gardens.



Kelso Town Square2              Kirk Yetholm Village Square and Borders Hotel            Kirk Yetholm 4           Kirk Yetholm 2          Kelso Abbey New           Mellerstain with Loch view