Scottish Borders Tourist Information

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

A land of forest parks, ancient abbeys, ruined castles, literary links and a rich textile heritage, the Scottish Borders are Sir Walter Scott Country and that great line of defence on the English border brimming with the ancient ruins of conflict. Winding around the region is the circular Borders Abbeys Way which links up the major historic Border abbey towns of Jedburgh, Melrose, Kelso, Selkirk and Hawick. The Scottish Borders are home to some of our most spectacular Abbey ruins in Britain at Melrose, Kelso, Jedburgh and Dryburgh.

Things to Do & See

Discover some of the best mountain biking in the UK at Glentress Forest near Pebbles, part of the 7 Stanes network of mountain biking forests. The region boasts around 21 premier golf courses and fishing experiences include fantastic salmon fishing on the River Tweed and sea fishing excursions from the beautiful Berwickshire coast. The southern area of the region borders the Cheviot Hills and Kielder Forest whilst in the north sits the rolling Lammermuirs and Pentland Hills, all offering a host of walking and activity opportunities.

Explore the Borders literary trail and take a tour of Sir Walter Scott’s fairytale estate, Abbotsford at Melrose. Enjoy some of the finest tweed and textiles centres in the country around famed Borders textiles centres like Hawick and Galashiels where you’ll find a selection of craft names across cashmere, tweed, tartan and knitwear.

Where to Stay

A rural region rich in heritage sites, with a coastline dotted with idyllic fishing villages, The Scottish Borders gives the visitor a real flavour of the old Scottish Burgh, with a warm welcome assured. The region offers an exceptional selection of luxury and quality B&Bs, cottages, small coaching inn hotels and caravan/ campsites. Find places to stay in the Scottish Borders online now!

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.