In the Scottish Borders there's a castle or an abbey or a stunning river view round every corner. Long distance walking routes crisscross the countryside and there are countless local walks to try. You can fish the famous River Tweed, play golf on courses large and small, explore the coastline, try offroad driving, clay pigeon shooting, sailing, have a day at the Races. Step back in time in one of our stately homes, enjoy live music sessions, visit an old printing works and contemporary weavers, potters, artists and furniture makers. You can find award-winning independent shops from butchers to book sellers, and enjoy quality dining in smart restaurants and quirky cafes alike.
Favourite light refreshment stops... Damascus Drum Hawick (good food, secondhand books and beautiful rugs) Meringue Place Jedburgh (popular, child friendly, amazing range of bakes) The Jammy Coo Lilliesleaf (art, coffee, cake) The Flat Cat Gallery Lauder (popular stop en route to Edinburgh - art and good food) Giacopazzi's Eyemouth (fish and chips and award winning ice cream by the harbour) Mainstreet Trading St Boswells (award winning bookshop with fine cafe and deli)
And for more substantial fare, there are pubs in all the towns which serve food. Or consider a delicious meal at the following selection, among others Herge's on the Loch, Tweedbank (relaxed dining, airy restaurant) The Caddy Mann, near Jedburgh (Good for local meat and fish; generous portions, interesting interior) Firebrick Brasserie, Lauder (Upmarket dining with the emphasis on meat and fish) The Denholm Meet, Denholm (Italian food in atmospheric bar setting. Antiques and brocante to browse upstairs!) The Buccleuch Arms, St Boswells (Choice of dining areas and a spacious comfortable bar)