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Covering 1800 square miles the Scottish Borders stretch from the rolling hills and moorland in the west, through gentler valleys to the high agricultural plains of the east and on to the rocky Berwickshire coastline with its secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages.

There are many outdoor activities to sample in the area. For the anglers, did you know more Atlantic Salmon are caught on the Tweed than any other river in Europe? Although the River Tweed is highly prized as a top class salmon river; there are numerous angling opportunities with permits to ‘suit a range of pockets’. Walkers have a wealth of routes and trails to follow, the Southern Upland Way is one of the areas long distance footpaths. Glentrees Forest near Peebles has waymarked trails for mountain biking. It is regarded by experts and enthusiasts as ‘pure mountain bike heaven’. Routes are coloured to denote level of experience required – ranging from green for the novice to black for the most experienced. Other cycle trails include the 250 mile Border Loop, Four Abbeys and Tweed Cycle Way.

The Borders is also home to 21 golf courses; from 9 holes to championship status.

There are a good range of riding and trekking centres as the area is strongly linked with horses. It is believed the annual Selkirk Common Riding is the largest mounted gathering anywhere in Europe. Whilst in Hawick they host the annual Common Riding which combines riding the boundaries of the town while commemorating a local victory over an English raiding party in 1514.

During any activity in the Borders there is a chance of spotting a red squirrel as ¼ of Britain’s red squirrels are found in the Borders alone. Autumn is one of the best times for spotting them.

The Borders past has left a wealth of abbeys, castles and stately homes to be explored. Recommended Abbeys to visit are Jedburgh, Melrose, Kelso and Dryburgh. Selkirk was site of the first Border Abbey where William Wallace was declared guardian of Scotland. Sir Walter Scotts house at Abbotsford, Mellerstain and Thirlestane Castle in Lauder are also interesting properties to visit. At Melrose King Arthur is supposedly buried in the Eildon Hills overlooking the town.

Textiles are another important influence in the area. Activity dates back to the time when monks in the abbeys raised their own flocks. Galashiels, Hawick and Selkirk are important textile centres. The latter two being famed cashmere centres with working mills, museums, visitor centre’s, tours and mill shops. The accommodation from Wilderness Cottages in this area will allow you to explore this region and all it offers.

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