"Scotland's Gentle Face,The Borders/ East Lothian" Borders by nickandchris

Borders Travel Guide: 104 reviews and 371 photos

Rolling Hills.....

The Scottish Borders are a less mountainous region than the Highlands and Scotland's northern extremeties. Rolling hills and forests once covered much of the landscape, but now most of the forests have disappeared, giving it a gentle beauty which is well worth exploring. Steeped in history and relatively easy to access the area makes a pleasant alternative to the barren ruggedness of the north.

Lots To See and Do....

The Scottish Borders stretch 18000 sq. miles along rolling hills and moors in the west to large agricultural plains in the east and so out onto the rugged coastline of Berwickshire.
It's long and often bloody history is illustrated in the museums, castles, abbeys and stately homes, all waiting to be explored.
The region is also renowned for it's tweeds and tartans and don't forget the knitwear outlets either.

Family Interests.....

We have visited the Borders twice, once when Michael was a toddler when we were mainly concentrated in the east and the second time in 1998 when we were in the west. It's a great place for family days out, walking, picnicing, cycling, fishing and so it goes on. Plenty of castles and abbeys to discover as well as information centres and gardens. I really think we should return for a third visit!!!!

Finally got round to re-visiting this area in July 2014, rediscovering some haunts and alternatively finding new places. We found we still loved the Scottish Borders and feel we still have not covered all we would have liked to have seen! Next time.... I have included places in East Lothian on this page as the two run into each other.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Interesting towns, not so well known and green landscape...
  • In a nutshell:A peaceful region with interesting places to visit
  • Last visit to Borders: Jul 2014
  • Intro Updated Sep 13, 2014
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  • iaint's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    my lad is off to Ettrickbridge next month for Scout camp - his third there; lovely area

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    That's a great scenic area and not too touristy either. Ideal for a holiday. Hope you add more pictures like that beautiful one of the Water Gardens. I couldn't believe there were no admission fees to so many interesting places.

  • Britannia2's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2007 at 1:01 PM

    Don't forget to put up a photo of Eyemouth - it is as you say a good place to go

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2007 at 6:52 PM

    Your opening photo looks just like some of the scenes we saw on our trip through the Borders region 5 years ago. Hope to return some day and explore it more thoroughly.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2006 at 2:05 AM

    There is a book store in Singapore called "Borders" that I frequent. Nice place in Scotland from your pics. Happy Birthday in advance. Have a great day! Cheers, SL


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