The Borders


“The Borders” is the area in the south of Scotland immediately north of the border with England. Being based in Edinburgh, my visits to The Borders tend to be day trips as opposed to part of longer tours.

However, just like everywhere else I go on tours, I am led by my Guests’ preferences and, if they would like to spend some time in Border Country, I am more than happy to include the area in their Scottish tour.

The rolling hills and arable farm land are typical of Border landscapes. Old market towns and the great Abbeys of Dryburgh, Melrose, Kelso and Jedburgh are always popular with visitors to the area.

One of the most popular requests from our Guests to visit is Rosslyn Chapel just south of Edinburgh. The history and architecture are extraordinary but, in recent years, it’s become best known as the final location in both Dan Brown’s book and the movie “The Da Vinci Code.”

The photograph above is the Coldstream Bridge across the River Tweed which was built in the 1760s. At this point, the river forms the border between Scotland and England.

The River Tweed at 95 miles in length, is the fourth longest river in Scotland. The cloth we call “Tweed” got its name due to the many textile mills that were powered by water from the river in years long gone. The river is famed for its Salmon fishing.

Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, crossed the bridge in 1787 entering England for the first time. He knelt and prayed for a blessing on his native land.

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