The Borders and the Southwest Travel Guide
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In the Borders region, south of Edinburgh, are more stately homes, fortified castles, and medieval abbeys than in any other part of Scotland. This is also Sir Walter Scott territory, including his pseudo-baronial home at Abbotsford. The area embraces the whole 90-mile course of one of Scotland's greatest rivers, the Tweed. Passing woodlands luxuriant with game birds, the river flows in rushing torrents through this fertile land. To the west of the Borders is Dumfries and Galloway, a low-key area with gentle coastal and upland areas.
From top-quality, full-service hotels to quaint 18th-century drovers' inns to cozy bed-and-breakfasts, the Borders has all... read more
Until recently, most good restaurants in the region were located in hotels, but today things are beginning to change. Good... read more
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Ancient abbeys: The great abbeys of the Border regions, and the Whithorn Priory and the wonderful Sweetheart Abbey in the... Read more
Tours of the region are primarily conducted by Edinburgh- and Glasgow-based companies. Margot McMurdo arranges custom-tailored,... Read more
Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832) was probably Scottish tourism's best propagandist. Thanks to his fervid "Romantik" imagination, his long... Read more
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