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The Borders

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The gateway to Scotland from England, the Borders Region stretches from the rolling hills and moorland in the west, through gentler valleys to the rich agricultural plains of the east. The eastern coastline of Berwickshire with its picturesque fishing villages and secluded coves with the ancient and often fought over town of Berwick upon Tweed notably for its association with the Border Reivers, make this part of the border region a delight to visit with enough to make it a destination in its own right. Touring the area by car, or simply exploring it on foot or by bike, you will soon discover castles, abbeys, stately homes and museums, making the area an ideal place for a weekend away. The Borders is a region famed for its textiles, so you can buy beautiful tweeds and tartans and the highest quality knitwear direct from the local mills and shops or just simply browse. Peeblesshire is rich in moorland and in hills, a paradise for walkers and with the River Tweed, some of the very best fishing in Scotland. For the rugby enthusiasts, the famous Rugby Sevens tournament gets under way through spring and summer a good reason for those weekend visits to this part of the Border region.

Although not classified as the Borders, but on the border of England and Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway has to be the perfect escape from the everyday stresses of modern life. Whether you are stopping at the lovely market town of Moffat on you way to Glasgow and the Highlands and Islands, you will find many hidden gems. You will be moved by the unspoilt beauty in this region of Scotland, deserted beaches where Robert Burns journeyed on horseback to catch whisky smugglers, Galloway Forest Park, monuments and castles with moorlands and lochs and staying in old style hotels, where at night you can snuggle up in front of a huge log fire.

Wigtown, regarded as the book town of west Scotland and Kircudbright an artists haven, are on the delightful Solway Firth with its beaches and opportunity for sea angling, are a must when in the area and it is along this estuary that you will find chalets and B&Bís to use as a base for a perfect touring holiday. Easy to access from Carlisle and the M6 and M74 motorways this area of the Border region will let you relax and take in the atmosphere and landscape of this magical region of Scotland.