The Scottish Borders offers beautiful unspoilt countryside, a wealth of historical sites to visit, opportunities to enjoy a wide range of outdoor sports and leisure activities and a thriving, creative culture with a busy social calendar.
The Borders offers a wide range of outdoor activities: fishing, mountain-biking, golf, rugby, diving and water sports, horse riding and walking. The Tweed provides some of the best fishing in the world. The region offers a large choice of graded mountain biking routes suitable for both novices and experts alike, and recreational cyclists are well served via a network of cycle routes.
The championship golf courses at The Roxburghe and Cardrona are complemented by a further nineteen local courses throughout the Borders. Rugby sevens originated in Melrose in 1883 and the town hosts an international tournament each year. Private estates provide some of the best shooting and fishing facilities in Europe, attracting visitors from every part of the world.
The area is celebrated for its spectacular and scenic walks, including long distance routes such as The Southern Uplands Way, Borders Abbey Way, St Cuthbert’s Way and the Pennine Way through magnificent Borders countryside.
Leisure and recreational facilities are excellent with swimming pools, leisure centres, cinemas, theatres and galleries. The area is also home to many award winning restaurants and hotels and a wide array of shops to cater for all tastes.
Most towns have local opera companies and theatrical groups which give performances throughout the region. There are regular art exhibitions and craft fairs, jazz festivals and musical events attracting artists, musicians and audiences from all over the country.
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