Tourism and Leisure

Each year more than half a million people visit the Borders region. Tourism related employment accounts for around 6.9% of the workforce in the area and is one of the largest employment sources in the region.
Major sporting and cultural events from Rugby Sevens to mountain biking tournaments, add to the thousands of visitors attracted by the hill-walking, golf, shooting and legendary fishing opportunities.
Accommodation options are growing all the time with luxury spa developments and new bed and breakfasts providing a wide choice. The rise in environmentally-friendly tourism is a significant opportunity in the Borders and local tourism businesses are key participants in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

The official corporate website of VisitScotland, Scotland's national tourism agency, provides a range of helpful facts and figures about the industry.

Borders Tourism means Business

UK visitors made 1,871,560 trips to the Scottish Borders in 2012.

The overall expenditure of tourists in 2012 in the Scottish Borders was £181,900,000.  

Source: VisitScotland, 2012 figures.