The Borders

North Northumberland

Places of interest on the English side of the border in North Northumberland include Holy Island.

The National Trust is responsible for the Farne Islands which are a group of islands off the coast of Northumberland and in the warmer months they are an important wildlife habitat attracting a wide range of bird species in addition to a large colony of grey seals. Mainland Budle Bay attracts many waders at low tide, particularly Arctic Terns, Puffins and Razor Bills.

If you enjoy castles and beautiful gardens you could visit Alnwick Castle the home of the Percy family since the 15th century. Appreciate the now famous Millennium gardens created recently by the Percy family in conjunction with other nationally acclaimed horticulturists.

Photo credits: Ivon BartholomewView of Abbotsford House

For more ideas about how to fill your days in Northumberland, see Visit Northumberland’s website.

Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders is perfectly positioned as perhaps the easiest destination in Scotland to reach; Edinburgh & The Lothians lie to the north, Dumfries & Galloway to the west, and Northumberland in northern England to the south.

As you explore, let the scenery make its impression on you, from rolling hills and open countryside in the west to the gentle valleys and picturesque Berwickshire coastline in the east. The region is defined as much by the landscape as it is by its spellbinding abbeys, awe-inspiring stately homes and castles, and the time-honoured and truly unique Common Ridings. It’s really no surprise that these lands inspired the works of literary greats like Sir Walter Scott and John Buchan.

The John Buchan Way walking route connects Peebles to Broughton through the hills and valleys of Tweeddale, taking in many beautiful views and crossing over the River Tweed. It passes several attractive towns and villages, including Peebles, Galashiels, Melrose, Kelso and Coldstream.

The Berwickshire Coastal Path will help you blow out those lockdown blues with some invigorating fresh sea air and beautiful views! Stretching from Cockburnspath in the north to Berwick-upon-Tweed, the route takes in quiet beaches and dramatic clifftop scenery complete with arches, stacks and crumbling castles.

Just 15 minutes from Kelso or Melrose, Mellerstain House is a beautiful Georgian mansion and a unique example of Adam design, located within 100 acres of mature parkland.

For more ideas about what to do in the Borders, see Visit Scotland’s website.

College Valley

St Cuthbert’s Way