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  • Lose yourself amongst the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Borders and experience a wonderful array of things to see and do. Soak up the history at splendid country estates or visit a ‘seabird city’ on the craggy Berwickshire coast. Information From Visit Scotland: St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. Explore this coastal haven for birdwatchers, nature lovers and walkers. See thousands of seabirds and be awed by the dramatic cliffs overlooking crystal-clear waters. Enjoy the fresh sea air and epic views of this remote and wild cliff-top beauty spot, and discover the feathered residents at this ‘seabird city’ from spectacular vantage points. Head inland to the Mire Loch in search of swans, ducks, damselflies and butterflies. Learn more about the wildlife, geology and history of St Abb’s Head at the Nature Centre. Dawyck Botanic Garden In the depths of the Scottish Borders countryside, Dawyck Botanic Garden has a stunning collection of trees and shrubs. Dawyck Botanic Garden is home to one of Scotland’s finest tree collections including some of Britain’s oldest and tallest trees. The 65-acre five star Garden offers woodland and burnside walks and is renowned for its seasonal displays of snowdrops, bluebells, Himalayan poppies, rhododendrons, azaleas and autumn colour. St Mary’s Loch St Mary’s Loch is situated 72 miles south of Edinburgh in the Scottish Borders on the A708 road between Selkirk and Moffat. Come and enjoy a relaxing walk and explore the beautiful Yarrow Valley around the Border’s largest natural loch. The loch is right at the historic hunting ground Ettrick Forest, a place where William Wallace would rally his allies to come together to raid the nearby English settlements. It is also a perfect setting for visitors to book holiday accommodation and take part in activities such as cycling, walking, sailing, watersports and fishing. Go Ape Peebles, Glentress Forest High-speed zips, free-fall Tarzan swings, and daring crossings. High up in the canopy, Go Ape’s tree top obstacles are the ultimate test of balance and nerve. Get your Tribe’s blood pumping with 2-3 hours of action-packed adventure. Nestled high in the hilltops of the magnificent Glentress Forest, Go Ape Peebles offers a jaw-dropping backdrop for your big adventure. Soar over the magnificent Tweed Valley on Go Ape’s highest ever zip wire, and soak up amazing views of the reservoirs below. It’s a whole new way to take in the Scottish countryside! Traquair House Visit the oldest inhabited house in Scotland and discover its fascinating history. This is a magical day out for all the family. Once a pleasure ground for Scottish kings in times of peace, then a refuge for Catholic priests in times of terror, the Stuarts of Traquair supported Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite cause without counting the cost. Imprisoned, fined and isolated for their beliefs, their home, untouched by time, reflects the tranquility of their family life. Traquair was the most prominent Jacobite house in Southern Scotland. The Stuarts of Traquair maintained their loyalty to the cause from the earliest day to after the ’45. VIEW FURTHER INFORMATION ON VISIT SCOTLAND https://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/scottish-borders/

  • St Mary’s Abbey, Melrose is a partly ruined monastery of the Cistercian order in Melrose, Roxburghshire, in the Scottish Borders. It was founded in 1136 by Cistercian monks at the request of King David I of Scotland, and was the chief house of that order in the country until the Reformation. > Wikipedia Info Address: Abbey St, Melrose TD6 9LG Opened: 1136 Architectural style: Gothic architecture Founder: David I of Scotland LINKS:

  • Dawyck is truly one of the world’s finest arboreta. Seasonal displays of abundant exotic and native plants provide a breathtaking backdrop of colour throughout the year. The Garden also offers an award-winning visitor centre. Source Link: http://www.rbge.org.uk/the-gardens/dawyck More views today @Dawyck @TheBotanics @VisitScotland pic.twitter.com/pAFprv2y9o— debbie kelso (@debbiekelso) May 27, 2017

  • Brian Sutherlands images of The Scottish Borders https://t.co/wGdzCcRdlC. @borderscouk @GraBean @VisitScotland @VisitKelso ,@MelrosePaths pic.twitter.com/em8Zzwt2ON— Brian Sutherland (@Flipimages) May 14, 2017

  • http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/activities/mountain-biking/7stanes Article via forestry.gov.uk View Full Article: >>> scotland.forestry.gov.uk/activities/mountain-biking/7stanes The 7stanes are world-class mountain biking centres that span the south of Scotland. Their award-winning trails offer some of the best mountain biking in the country and attract riders from all over the UK and beyond. You don’t have to be an experienced mountain biker to enjoy these famous trails: there are a wide range of routes to suit beginners, families and experts. Plus, many of the centres also have skills areas for you to practise your technique

  • Scottish Borders Hotels Guest Houses Bed & Breakfast Accommodation https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotels-g186502-Scottish_Borders_Scotland-Hotels.html Tontine Hotel Peebles Scottish Borders Best Western Plus Scottish Borders, Selkirk Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa Glen Hotel Mercure Peebles Barony Castle Hotel Castle Venlaw Hotel Cringletie House Peebles Hydro Dryburgh Abbey Hotel Click on the image below to view more info and prices etc

  • Find out information on places to visit in The Scottish Borders on Visit Scotland: >>> www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/scottish-borders/ From the rolling hills and moorland in the west to the gentle valleys and picturesque Berwickshire coastline in the east, it is easy to see why Sir Walter Scott was so enamoured with this peaceful region that he chose to build his beloved house, Abbotsford here. Walking in this enthralling landscape, you can’t help but imagine yourself transported back to the bygone world of Scott’s sweeping romantic epics filled with daring outlaws and damsels in distress.

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  • Article Source: http://www.bordersrailway.co.uk/news/consideration-to-extend-borders-railway/ Monday 10 April 2017 Extending the Borders Railway will be one of the options considered by a new study looking at improving transport provision in the south of Scotland across all models including road, rail and public transport. Transport Scotland today announced the intention to award the contract to Jacobs UK Ltd. Subject to completion of the mandatory standstill period, the study will start later this month and is expected to take around seven months to complete. The findings will help inform the forthcoming refresh of the Scottish Government’s Strategic Transport Projects Review (STRP) which will look at future transport proposals for the whole of Scotland, including the Scottish Borders. Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “In the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, a commitment was given to examine the case for an extension of the Borders Railway along with improvements to the A1, A7 and A68. This study will take forward that commitment by considering how we improve accessibility in the Borders, link communities to key markets through strategic transport routes and identify where improvements to transport links are required. We want to build on the existing Borders Railway by considering whether it should be extended to Carlisle. The study will also look at how we improve access from the Scottish Borders to key markets in to Edinburgh, Carlisle and Newcastle. Working with partners in the Scottish Borders Council and SEStran, Transport Scotland will identify a range of options for improving transport that can be considered as part of the review of the Strategic Transport Projects Review which will look at future transport infrastructure projects for the whole of Scotland. The options could include new rail services, improvements to existing infrastructure and improved public transport provision.”