Situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders is historic Selkirk. The town’s famous patronages are William Wallace and Sir Walter Scott, both providing the town with a rich history. Offering splendid scenery, the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys provide a majestic backdrop for the town, and there is an abundance of walking and cycling to be found in this area. Nearby the magnificent Bowhill House is a fantastic day out for the whole family, with tours of the house, woodland walks, adventure play, ranger services, and even a theatre with scheduled events, there will be something for everyone here. Selkirk Golf Club can be found in a heathland setting at Selkirk Hill, and in the town centre, Halliwell’s House Museum is an intimate but interesting exhibition of the story of the burgh of Selkirk.
Set in the stunning valleys of Ettrick and Yarrow, the small county of Selkirkshire provides some beautiful scenery, and is a lovely back drop for cyclists, walkers and horse riders to explore the Scottish Borders. Fishing is popular on Ettrick Water or Yarrow Water, and in the east of the county, both these tributaries’ join the River Tweed which is well known for its salmon. For avid golfers, there are numerous courses in this area. Selkirk, the historic county town, has paid patronage to Sir Walter Scott, and William Wallace in its past, but is currently a peaceful place to visit for a day out. Galashiels, located slightly further north sits in the valley of Gala Water, and boasts the beautiful Bank Street Gardens, and the Old Gala House, a local museum and art gallery. For a family day out, why not try a trip to Bowhill House and Country Estate, offering a magnificent house and grounds, its own theatre, adventure playground, and pleasant walking trails. For those looking for city life, then Edinburgh and all its attractions are within day tripping distance.
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.