Visiting The Scottish Borders From Northumberland
Published: Monday 11th Apr 2016
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Borders is a term that many people associate with Southern Scotland – The Scottish Borders.
The Scottish-English border is almost 100 miles long. In the east it follows the mighty River Tweed eastwards towards the North Sea. Closer to Berwick-upon-Tweed the border leaves the river and moves north.
The town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is the official border capital. It has changed hands between England and Scotland at least 13 times.
The most outstanding features of the Scottish borders these days are the space and fresh air. The landscape is varied with rolling hills and moorland in the west and gentler valleys and agricultural pains in the east. The coast line is a mix of sandy beaches and rocky outcrops which are actually the remnants of long lost volcanoes.
The Border Reivers were men (and sometimes boys) who were ruthless fighters and rode out with their steel bonnets and long lances to rob, kidnap and lift each others cattle. The men were lawless clans that operated between the 14th and 17thcenturies and they lived in the border valleys. Their allegiance was to a clan and not to the Scottish or English crowns. That battles that were fought then were between the Armstrong’s, Robinsons, Charlatan’s or Elliot’s, to name but a few clan names.
Border Reiver names are still very common on both sides of the border today, but there have been dramatic changes in the regions culture and economy since then. Today, this part of the UK is known for its beauty, tranquillity and friendliness.
Woodland, open fields and fast-flowing rivers in the Scottish borders make the area perfect for cycling and fishing.
There is also an abundance of magnificent golf courses in the area, some more challenging than others. Legendary golfers Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie and Tony Jacklin find the Scottish Border courses, such as The Roxburge and Cadorna, exciting courses to play on.
For walkers wanting to cover both parts of the border, there is the Tweed Border Trail, the Coast and castle Trail, the Sir Walter Scott Trail and the Cheviot Foothills path.
If you wish to visit the Scottish Border to discover some of the regions history then Berwick, Kelso, Jedburgh and Melrose are great places to start. Each of these towns has its own story to tell and have all been important in the development of the borders either from a military, industrial or cultural point of view.
The Scottish Border is a part of the UK where you can sit back, be yourself and unwind. Lose yourself in fishing, walking up the Cheviots, or relax in a luxury holiday cottage with a great novel. You can find holiday cottages in Fort Augustus in Scotland, or in nearby Northumberland.
Northumberland has its beauty but it has recently been discovered by tourists and is no longer a ‘secret’ place to see. The Scottish Border is definitely in the running to be the UKs new ‘Secret Kingdom’ awaiting your discovery.