A guide to the Scottish Borders
A guide to the Scottish Borders
The Scottish Borders is a beautiful place to visit any time of year, with so much amazing scenery and lots of different things to do and see, you’ll never be short of activities. The Scottish Borders cover around 1,800 square miles and is just south of Edinburgh and the Lothians.
You can discover the rolling hills and picturesque forests whilst enjoying many outdoor activities and soaking up all the history within this truly magnificent place. Whatever you enjoy doing it’s not easy to get lost in the beauty of landscape.
Things to do
There are so many different things to do around the area, including numerous free activities, but if you don’t mind spending a bit of money, there’s a lot more on offer. From watersports to cycling, golf, mountain biking, fishing, sailing and even a bit of rugby.
If those kinds of things aren’t for you there are many different attractions and historic places you can visit too. Why not visit the Paxton House Gallery and Country Park, or the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh? These places are known for their stunning acres of riverside, woodland, parkland and gardens. There are also many golf courses around the area.
Maybe you’re worried about entertaining the children? Well, there are many family places which are child-friendly and the kids will love. The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is a great historic place to visit and is full of the culture of Scotland, they also have a children’s zone where the kids can learn and have a great time whilst doing so.
If you just want a bit of quiet time then there are so many scenic areas around the Borders, you won’t have to look very far.
Where to shop
Perhaps you’re a shopaholic? Well don’t worry, Scotland isn’t short of places where you can shop till you drop. No matter what your style or interests, there is something for everyone! If you’d like to take advantage of the farmers’ markets, or just shop around Scotland’s great shopping centres or boutiques, you’ll have no problem finding something to suit you. You can even learn more about Scottish crafts by joining in on one of the many trails, visting the potters, glass blowers, jewellers and even painters.
Where to eat
After you’ve finished all your watersports or gazing around the local scenery and you’ve shopped until your feet hurt, you are more than likely to be getting very hungry. Well fear not, there are countless eateries where you can eat many different delicacies and get yourself something to drink too. Scotland in renowned for its produce and varied weather which means they are able to grow a large variety of fresh fruit and vegetables and produce much meat and fish too.
If you want to eat out then there are so many different places to choose from, such as all kinds of restaurants, bars and pubs and much more.
Where to stay
Wherever you choose to stay you want to be close to the sights and places of interest, rather than right in the middle of nowhere. It’s also useful to know where you are and know the area, so it’s easy to find and you don’t end up getting confused or lost.
When it comes to the type of accommodation you’re looking at, hotels an B&Bs can become quite expensive, but with so many different places to stay you won’t be short of choice. For a real budget-friendly trip, consider hiring one of our Rockinvans.
There is a broad range of holiday parks to choose from in Scotland and when they are open all year round and in just about every corner there is no excuse but to enjoy the beautiful sights. When visiting the Borders, what better way to see it than sleeping under the stars?
Wild camping is legal in Scotland as long as you abide by the Outdoor Access Code and the Borders has plenty of great spots. However, if you prefer the idea of a campsite, just some of the holiday parks in the area are: