What To Do In Scotland When You Are Holidaying In Northumberland?
Published: Monday 22nd Jun 2015
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
One of the best things about holidaying in Northumberland is its proximity to the Scottish borders. Not that you will run out of exciting activities to do in the Northumberland region itself, but the option of having a few days in the land of the Scots is definitely a huge bonus.
So, where or what Scottish destinations should you explore when you are in Northumberland? Here are our top five suggestions:
Open spaces amongst the Scottish and English Borders
The Borders cover hundreds of square miles and is an area of great natural beauty. Take your time when you make your way up to Scotland and admire the surrounding scenery, you will be rewarded with views of stunning and varied landscapes – rolling hills and moorland to the west, valleys and open plains to the east. The spectacular coastline contains the remains of long extinct volcanos and now appears as a combination of beach and rock-strewn ridges.
Situated on the delightful River Tweed, Coldstream is best known as the birthplace of the Coldstream Guards.
Summer is a great time to visit Coldstream. The Hirsel Estate provides a fantastic display of rhododendrons and azaleas in May and June, while the Coldstream Civic week in August features a ride to Flodden Field to honour the dead in the battle of 1513.
Situated in the heart of the Scottish borders, Galashiels is positioned in the valley of the Gala Water.
The top event on the local calendar is the Braw Lads Gathering which takes place annually in June, and commemorates the history of the burgh as well as the local area.
Other popular tourist attractions and activities include: the Old Gala House, which features a museum, art gallery and meticulously kept gardens; the Pavilion Cinema, where children and adults alike can enjoy a family film; or you can take a swing on a golf course such as the Galashiels Golf Course or Torwoodlee Golf Course.
Internationally famous for its textiles, particularly high quality knitwear, Hawick is an important part of the Textile Trail and the main centre for the industry amongst the Scottish Borders. You will find a number of shops selling knitwear and cashmere in town, as well as the Borders Textile Towerhouse which showcases the heritage of Scotland's textile manufacturing pedigree.
Another place popular with tourist is the Wilton Lodge Park, which is positioned on the wooded banks of the River Teviot. It features 107 acres of riverside and tree-lined walks, a walled garden and plenty of picnic spots.
The town where Mary Queen of Scots once stayed, Jedburgh is a pretty country town that has won a prize in Beautiful Scotland in Bloom. Visitors can follow the interesting town trail, take a riverside walk or browse amongst an array of shops in newly renovated buildings.
With a little planning, a trip to Northumberland can provide you with an opportunity to visit some beautiful places in Scotland. To find accommodation that will give you convenient access to the borders, take a look at Grace Darling Holidays. With self-catering properties dotted along the coast, including apartments, cottages, converted barns and even a stately home, you are sure to find the perfect home away from home.