The Scottish Borders has so much to offer, both active and tranquil. Choose from historical estates, villages and ancient castles to world-class fishing, golf, biking and walking, and well-renowned markets and festivals. You can download the Scotland Starts Here app to help explore the area.


Local History

From Sir Walter Scott’s historic country mansion, Abbotsford House, and the magnificent Cistercian ruin at Melrose Abbey, to the romantic Dryburgh Abbey and Scotland’s oldest inhabited house at Traquair, Innerleithen, the area is rich in history.

Every so often you happen to strike it lucky — we enjoyed excellent food, accommodation, hospitality... And such a warm welcome! We will be back!
— Ian & Heather. Newcastle

Local city

Once you have explored the valleys and moors of the Borders, Edinburgh — with its iconic castle, culture, restaurants and shopping — is only an hour away.