"Scotland's Gentle Face,The Borders/ East Lothian" Borders by nickandchris
Borders Travel Guide: 104 reviews and 371 photos
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.
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.
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:Interesting towns, not so well known and green landscape...
- In a nutshell:A peaceful region with interesting places to visit
We didn't visit Bass Rock or Tantallon Castle, but enjoyed these superb sights from the beaches. Bass Rock, an ancient... more travel advice
Sadly, our visit here was marred by a thick, persistent sea mist but it appeared to be an interesting part of the... more travel advice
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