The Scottish Borders

Take the scenic new train route from Edinburgh and discover the Scottish Borders, a region of emerald forests, heather-clad moorlands and sweeping valleys with a rugged coastline.

Enjoy an abundant natural larder, a flourishing cultural scene, fascinating historic attractions and a range of thrilling outdoor activities which will draw you to the Scottish Borders time and time again.

Explore the land of Sir Walter Scott and pay a visit to Abbotsford, near Melrose, his recently restored house. Delve into a turbulent past at vast stately homes and stunning medieval
abbeys and castles.

Home to a wealth of wildlife, discover a number of places in the Scottish Borders where you can see local species, from coastal trails and nature reserves to grand estates like Bowhill House, near Selkirk.

Be amazed at the variety of ways you can enjoy the region’s great outdoors. Explore miles of cycling and walking routes through gorgeous countryside (including the 92-mile Sir Walter Scott Way), and tee off on fantastic golf courses.

From seafood to delicious sweets, experience the region’s outstanding local produce at superb restaurants and farmers’ markets, and sample distinctive ales at breweries like the Scottish Borders Brewery.

Now the new Edinburgh to Tweedbank line is open, the Borders are more accessible than ever - enjoy!

Travel passes and special offers

To help plan your trip to the Scottish Borders, VisitScotland provides more in-depth information here

Hop-on/hop-off buses

Want to make the most of your trip to the Borders? These hop-on/hop-off buses connect the Borders Railway with local towns and attractions.

  • Midlothian Explorer: Circular bus route around Midlothian from Newtongrange station, including stops at Dalkeith Country Park, Rosslyn Chapel and Edinburgh Butterfly World
  • Border Weaver: Bus route connecting Galashiels and Tweedbank stations with Abbotsford House and Melrose Abbey

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