Out & About
Explore Border Country
Coast and Country, Wildlife and Seasons
Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island, can only be reached by tidal causeway.A place of great pilgrimage, even today, and the end of the St. Cuthbert’s Way footpath. This starts at ruined Cistercian abbey in Melrose, passes the door of Benfield Cottage at Morebattle and crosses the Cheviots to finish here.
The Scottish Borders is a great place for bird watching and wild life on the dunes. Puffins and seals can be watched from the Farne Islands or from the Sea Bird Centre at North Berwck. Deer, red squirrels, badgers, sheep and goats and hares can be seen in the Cheviots. There are a number of fine stables around if you wish to ride.
The country and the coast are stunning in all seasons. Watch this video to see the wonderful wildlife and countryside year round.
Harbours and Coast
Grand Houses and Abbeys
The Beautiful Bridges of the Tweed
It is no surprise that Sir Walter Scott made his home at Abbotsford, near Galashiels and loved the rivers and country
The four great abbeys of the Borders – Jedburgh, Dryburgh, Melrose and Kelso – are connected by an easy cycle/walking path. As it passes through these centres of population there are plenty of places for refreshments.
The England Sign
The people in this area do not view themselves as English or Scottish but a race apart – Borderers. An area that, in the years gone by, was full of raiding and ravaging across the Border, which kept moving. The history of the Border Reivers is explained in Jedburgh. Check out your ancestry to see if you are descended from any Border Clans by visiting the Heritage Hub in Hawick.
Beautiful views and ever changing light makes it a lovely area to explore. The telescope in Mill Wharf means that you can look out along the beaches and cliffs Northumberland Coastal Path. This long distance path follows the coastline of the county. It meanders along via Holy Island, Bamburgh and Craster towards the lovely village of Alnmouth.
St Cuthbert's Way
The footpath is less strenuous but still travels through breathtaking countryside. Look out for the Cheviot sheep that are bred to withstand some cold Winter days. On sale in local butchers. You may even sight the rare Cheviot Goat if visit College Valley. The Abbey Way Cycle and footpath links the four great Cistercian Ruined Abbeys while Scotlands National Footpath passes through Morebattle.
Take a short drive to see the little known ruined castle at Eckford. It’s a gem
The Border area has many golf courses to suit all abilities and range from parkland to links courses. Coldstream, Eyemouth and Duns are reasonably priced and very welcoming to visitors. Kelso has a very beautiful course at Roxeburgh Hotel too
In East Lothian the keen golfer can play at some great championship courses such as Gullane, Muirfield, North Berwick and Dunbar, and all around an hour’s drive or less away.