105_0591 copyContinuing the theme of promoting some of the lesser known festivals that take place in Scotland, then one of the more jolly events is the Borders Book Festival. It will be held in Harmony Garden in Melrose from the 12th – 15th June 2014 and will feature a mixed array of adult and children authors. Comedian Jennifer Saunders, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and journalist Kate Adie are among the headline speakers. Crime writer Lynda La Plante, former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown and wildlife presenter Steve Backshall are among those speaking on the opening day of the festival. 105_0590 copyOthers appearing include Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, broadcaster Kirsty Wark, satirist Rory Bremner and wildlife cameraman Doug Allan, who has worked on David Attenborough BBC series such as Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet.

So here is a chance to wander the sleepy market town of Melrose and have the chance to bump into Jennifer Saunders. How incredible is that. The festival is very small in festival terms with a couple of marquees in the garden of a national trust building, with the backdrop of Melrose Abbey. If you are looking for a chance to see various authors in the flesh and not be stuck in crowds, this is definitely for you.

So start planning your break in Scotland today. Self-catering options at Scotts Castle Holidays comes in all shapes and sizes, but when it comes to the large holiday house selection, there is a good choice to choose from. For example, the Large Georgian Mansion, is only a few miles from Melrose, and sleeps up to 28 people, making this is an ideal self-catering holiday venue for all the family. To find out more, check with the office at Scotts Castle Holidays.