The Borders is steeped in history and industrial heritage

There is mystery and poetry in the historic hills and valleys of the Scottish Borders.

Two miles east of Galashiels lies Abbotsford, home to the great novelist, author of Rob Roy and Ivanhoe; Sir Walter Scott. Sir Walter Scott is buried in the ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, close to his favourite viewpoint of the Eildon Hills known as Scott‘s View.

The region’s plentiful and eventful history means there is an array of historical sites and ancient monuments, each telling their own tales of times from the past.

The annual Common Ridings and Festivals held in each town are survivals of the old practice of riding the town‘s boundaries to preserve burgh rights and to prevent encroachment by neighbouring landlords.  Long after they ceased to be essential, they continue in commemoration of local legend.

As the Borders is a region famed for its textiles, a major attraction for many is to browse and buy beautiful tweeds and tartans and the highest quality knitwear direct from the local mills and shops.

With a turbulent history, the heritage and culture of the Scottish Borders is unique. Locals are passionate about the area with a strong sense of loyalty and pride, which is evident in their individual community identities and civic celebrations.

Wallace Statue, St Boswells

Did you know...

You can visit six castles, four abbeys and nine historic houses in the Borders; with Floors Castle being the largest inhabitated castle and Traquair the oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland.