The Scottish Borders
are around 20 miles from Edinburgh and will provide all
the distraction you need as the cluster of quaint towns
and picturesque villages combine outdoor fun and historic sights.
The Borders run from Tweedsmuir in the west to the North
Sea in the east and perch on the banks and tributaries
of fishing mecca, the River Tweed.
At 97 miles the river is the second longest in Scotland
but it is known as “The Queen of the Scottish
Salmon Rivers”. Fishing here should even put
a smile on a beginner's face as more fish have been caught
in the Tweed than any other river in Britain.
One of the most attractive places to take advantage of
the River Tweed’s generosity is Peebles [map] because the town sits on both sides of the river. Surround
by hills, farms and forests and close to the Forest
of Tweeddale, Pebbles is also popular with mountain
bikers and walkers.
Probably the most well known town in the Scottish Borders
is Jedburgh. Believed to be the first established
parish in Scotland, Jedburgh has an intriguing history
dating back to the 10th century. More recently, in World
War II American men were trained there for convert missions
Sights to see in the town include The Capon Tree,
believe to be about a thousand years old, Jedburgh
Castle Jail and Jedburgh Abbey.
Just down from Scotland’s largest inhabited castle Floors Castle, is the pretty town of Kelso [map].
Lying at the junction of the River Tweed and the River Teviot, Kelso offers strolls by landscaped
gardens, horse racing at Kelso Racecourse and the Scottish Championship Dog Show.
Other major towns and villages in the Scottish Borders
include Coldstream, Lauder, Duns, Eyemouth, Galashiels,
Hawick, Melrose, Newcastleton, and Selkirk.
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