The Scottish Borders stretches across the width of Scotland and is the border with England. This area has had more ballads sung about it than Ancient Greece. It is also the home of Sir Walter Scott and the literature he wrote including Rob Roy and Ivanhoe. Visit his home in Abbotsford, and his burial place at Dryburgh Abbey.
In the Borders there are many ruined castles dating from the twelfth century including Jedburgh, Melrose, and Kelso. Many people visit the area to trace family from the clans, particularly the local names of Scott, Douglas and Pringle, and the Scottish Borders Archive in Selkirk is a good place to get information on local genealogy. This area is rich in history from the time of William Wallace through to medieval times and more recent eras.
The Borders are famous for their rolling hills like the Cheviots and the Lammermuirs and Pentlands, which make excellent walking country. The river valleys of the River Tweed are magnificent and well worth a visit for fishing as well as some hiking. For some people the golfing is a major attraction including excellent courses like the Cardrona and the Hawick. Each golf course is unique and has specific features such as “Everest” at Minto Golf Course.
Some of the small towns have some interesting history and heritage such as Coldstream which was the birthplace of the Coldstream Guards and Hawick, a well known rugby centre. Gretna Green is known the world over as the place where couples can be married by a blacksmith and is a legendary spot for elopements. At Traquair, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland can be visited with many relics from the Jacobite era. The Cheviots and the River Tweed form the natural boundary between England and Scotland and are one of the most picturesque borders around.