The Borders and the Southwest Travel Guide
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If you're coming to Scotland by road or rail from England, you'll first encounter either the Borders area or the southwest (also known as Dumfries and Galloway) depending on the route you take. These regions have more stately homes, fortified castles, and medieval monastic houses than any other part of Scotland. This is also Sir Walter Scott territory, and it is here that you'll find his pseudo-baronial home at Abbotsford, the most visited of Scotland's literary landmarks.
From top-quality, full-service hotels to quaint 18th-century drovers' inns to cozy bed-and-breakfasts, the Borders has all manner of lodging options. Lodging...read more
In the past, most good restaurants in the region were located in hotels, but today things are changing. Good independent eateries are popping up in small...read more
Things To Do in The Borders and the Southwest
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