Duns is a traditional market town of the Scottish Borders, with an interesting history, having been part of England, and in the middle of various cross-border wars, before ending up in Scotland as it is today. As a town it has a pretty main square with its’ Mercat Cross as the central point, with various coffee shops, banks and village shops. A larger Coop supermarket is available here, along with two fuel stations. The Jim Clark Museum is located in Duns, as this is the hometown of the former Formula One champion, and is a popular focal point for car enthusiast and bikers. Also on offer at Duns is a parkland golf course which is situated on the south section of the Lammermuir Hills.
The most easterly of the borders counties, Berwickshire offers beautiful countryside and dramatic coastline. Sea fishing is popular and can be found in a number of places including Coldingham Bay, boasting a beautiful stretch of sandy beach. St Abbs Head Nature Reserve is set on a magnificent cliff landscapes, and is home to large colonies of birds. Along the coast is the harbour town of Eyemouth, with a rich fishing and smuggling heritage. The counties larger settlements include Coldstream, sitting on the north banks of the river Tweed (with England to the south) had a turbulent history and is home to a museum, highlighting its involvement in the historical conflict between Scotland and England. The county is home to a number of historical houses; in the town of Duns you will find the lavish Edwardian country house, Manderston. At Gordon is Mellerstain House and Gardens, one of Scotland’s most exquisite stately homes, and a must see if in the area. Paxton House, near Berwick upon Tweed (but just on the Scottish side of the border) is a classic example of regency living, and has an impressive furniture collection. The fairytale Thirlestane Castle can be found in Lauder.
Popular as a short break destination, the Scottish Borders offer peace and tranquillity in the beautiful landscapes, and traditional towns and villages. Behind the scenes, the Borders tell of a turbulent history; there is much to learn of the Scottish wars from this area. Fishing, golf, walking and cycling can be found in abundance, so make sure you see the best of the region!
Stretching across the border with England, and reaching up to the central belt from Glasgow to Edinburgh, the Southern Scotland region is a popular location for short break holidays. Although you may not find the monumental mountain ranges of the Highlands, don’t think that this region lacks the traditional Scottish landscapes. The famous 7Stanes mountain biking routes can be found across the Border counties and Dumfries and Galloway, as there is an abundance of hills, glens and forests to challenge even experienced bikers. The region has plenty of fishing opportunities too, most popular perhaps is the River Tweed, well known for its salmon, and miles of coastline, ideal for walking and bird spotting. Golf can be found in abundance in this area too. For gentler activities, visit the Four Borders Abbeys, magnificent tributes to the religious history of the area, at Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose.