The Scottish Borders is a wonderful part of Scotland with much to interest visitors, so don’t rush through it, stop a while and enjoy the rolling hills and moorland, the world famous fishing rivers and the rocky coastline.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
If it’s history your interested in, then the Scottish Borders has it in spades! From it’s ancient Border Abbeys to it’s rich mixture of historic houses, the Scottish Borders does not disappoint.
Unfortunately Abbotsford House, the home of the great novelist, Sir Walter Scott, just minutes away from Binniemyre Guest House is closed to the public until 2013, but we are hoping that the brand new visitor centre and the gardens may open to visitors in early Summer 2012, but this has still to be confirmed. You can still view the house in all its glory by taking a walk along the Tweed which runs in front of the house.
Melrose Abbey, home to the heart of Robert the Bruce – the great Scottish King, lies in the heart of the picturesque town of Melrose just 3 miles from Galashiels. Melrose is also home to the very popular Borders Book Festival every June. There are lots of wonderful places to eat in Melrose too, so it’s well worth a visit.
Other historical places of note in the immediate area are Floors Castle in Kelso, home to the Duke of Roxburghe and Traquair House, Innerleithen, home to the Laird of Traquair. Traquair is an interesting house with a great history and it’s very own micro brewery.
There are so many wonderful towns and villages to visit across the Borders that you will be spoilt for choice, but we can help you to plan some day trips so you can take in as much of our wonderful countryside and heritage as you can during your stay.
Golf – There are a wide variety of golf courses in the Borders, so if you’re here for the golf, it’s worth checking out The Freedom of the Fairways Scheme. Wonderful 18 hole courses can be found at the Roxburghe, near Kelso and Cardrona (labelled as the Gleneagles of the south) near Peebles. Most of the Border towns and some villages have some great 18 or 9 hole courses with fantastic views so check them out.
Cycling & Mountain Biking – From well marked cycle routes to heart stopping downhill speed runs for the more experienced mountain biker, there is something to suit every level of cyclist. Glentress and Innerleithen have a fantastic reputation for providing some of the best mountain biking in Britain. Check out the 7stanes website for more information.
Motorcycling – Whether you are intending touring around the Borders, or are planning on going further afield, Binniemyre Guest House is in a perfect location for your trip. Based in the heart of the Scottish Borders, less than an hour from Edinburgh and under two hours from Glasgow and Newcastle, Galashiels is well suited as the base for your trip. We are also listed on the Bike Stay website which provides further information on the facilities we provide and advice and riding regulations in the UK.
Fishing – The Scottish Borders is perfect for the anglers amongst you. From the world famous salmon fishing on the River Tweed to sea trout fishing on its tributaries; rainbow trout in the local lochs and wild trout in the rivers and of course sea fishing off the Berwickshire coast, you will be spoilt for choice.
Walking – The Scottish Borders is one of the UK’s most unspoilt regions. Rolling hills, mature forests, river valleys and lots of interesting town and villages, there is something to suit every level of walker. A walk up the Eildon Hills near Melrose rewards you with magnificent views of the local area and beyond. There are many publications available to help you make the best use of your time in the area. Guided walks and tours are also available.
Rugby – Of course the Borders is proud to be have been the home to the voice of rugby – Bill McLaren who hailed from Hawick. His passion for the game, matches that of a lot of Borderers and this is most evident during the Rugby sevens season, when the town of Melrose swells in size to accommodate rugby fans from around the world who have come to be a part of the famous Melrose Rugby 7s tournament.
Horse Riding – The Scottish Borders has a long history with horses – Border Reivers, Local Common Ridings, Point to Point, Horse Trials and of course Horse Racing at Kelso Race Course. The Borders is also home to the Borders Festival of the Horse, a unique 11 day festival of all things horse! There are lots of BHS approved riding centres and schools if you are looking to have some fun while here in the Scottish Borders.
To find out more about what’s on offer in the Scottish Borders check out the Visit Scottish Borders website.
Photography Credits: Scott’s View – Keith Robeson, Tweed Crossing – Curtis Welsh, Cyclists in Tweed Valley – Stephen J. Whitehorne