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WELCOME TO GNWS TRAVEL GUIDE FOR SCOTLAND
DISCOVER SCOTTISH BORDERS
- Occupying the south east corner of Scotland and lying astride the English border, The Scottish Borders presents a variety of pleasant
landscapes and contrasting topography, encompassing desolate moorland and rolling hills in its western reaches to lowlands in the east and a
breathtaking cliff tops along its dramatic coastline. Less than hour away from Edinburgh, The Scottish Borders offers an idyllic location for
a relaxing and invigorating break in one of the many world-class hotels and country retreats dotted throughout this much-loved Scottish
Pleasure seekers can enjoy a myriad of leisure activities in the Scottish Borders, from salmon fishing in the pristine waters of the River Tweed to a diverse array of outdoor activities including cycling through a vast network of paths and pony trekking around the elegant resort of Peebles in the heart of the region. Boasting a fine collection of historic sites and cultural treasures, The Borders has retained elements of its ancient heritage from the Common Ridings Festival in the towns of Selkirk, Galashiels and Hawick, a pageantry of fanfare and music to its beautifully restored Stately Homes such as Stobo Castle, now a luxury Health Spa and Resort.
The region’s largest centres of Hawick and Galashiels contain an exuberant selection of shops, eateries and first-class accommodation for an idyllic short break.
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Both towns offer an eclectic mix of restaurants suitable for various budgets and palettes, each serving a mouthwatering selection of Scottish and International Cuisine. Hawick, the administrative capital of the Scottish Borders is major centre for the region’s world-renowned woolen industry where you can find a host of high quality knitwear and Cashmeres from local outlets designer knitwear from The Pringle Factory Shop in the town. March is a lively period to visit Hawick during the Border Reivers Festival, which commemorates the borderland’s outlaws and cattle thieves of days gone by.
The stunning forested landscapes around Liddesdale and Roxburghshire is quintessential border country offering visitors a treasure trove of picture postcard villages with traditional Inns and rows of whitewashed and slate coloured cottages. One of the most frequented villages in the region is Newcastleton, home to The Newcastleton Folk Music and Bluegrass Festival that has attained international recognition in recent times. Staged annually at the beginning of July, music aficionados can marvel at the various impromptu musical sessions and workshops staged throughout the village, performed by local talents and musicians from around the UK and beyond. Why not explore this stunning region and sample the delights of Border Country long-standing traditions.