A wide range of leisure activities are available in the surrounding area

The Scottish Borders is a golfers paradise offering value for money, stunning countryside, superb courses with uncrowded fairways.

The heart of the Scottish Borders, less than an hours drive from Newcastle and Edinburgh, offers 21 courses to choose from. Golf passes for 3 and 5 are available under the Freedom of the Fairways scheme.

The Scottish Borders provides a wide and varied choice of trout and salmon fishing surrounded by the magnificent scenery of the area.

· salmon fishing on the River Tweed

· sea trout fishing on the tributaries of the River Tweed

· rainbow trout fishing in the local lochs and the wilder brown trout in the rivers

· course fishing of the lower Tweed

· sea fishing off the Berwickshire coast.

The Borders is renowned for having some of the best horse riding country in Britain.

The 57 mile Buccleuch Country Ride is the only one of its kind in Scotland and the rolling hills of the Cheviots and Lammermuirs provide wide open spaces, ideal for competent riders. The Border region is well catered for by a wide range of BHS approved riding centres and riding schools to cater for all ages and abilities. 


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The forests of the Scottish Borders provide some of the best mountain biking in the country. 

There's a whole variety of routes to choose from for all types and abilities, with its quiet roads the Scottish Borders has many developed waymarked cycle routes that can be explored in part, in a day, or a series of days.

The 7 Stanes Trail

The 7 Stanes are seven mountain biking centres spanning the south of Scotland, from the heart of the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway The 7 Stanes Trail in Newcastleton provides routes for all abilities ranging from 6 to 16Km and a skills area of 0.4km.

The 4 Abbeys Cycle Route

An 88km (55 mile) circular route linking the four main abbeys in the Scottish Borders, namely those at Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh

7 Stanes Cycle Trails

The Border forests owned and managed by Forestry Commission Scotland provide an network of well maintained footpaths and trails.

The walks offered in the Border forests vary from short strolls of an hour or so, perhaps to see specimen trees or a waterfall, up to longer walks taking three or four hours and reaching viewpoints commanding extensive panoramas.

Detailed maps of the main forests are available from Tourist Information Centres

The Scottish Borders is an area which is rich in history as this part of Scotland bore witness to numerous disputes, battles and occupation over the centuries.

One of the best ways to explore this rich and intriguing history is by walking the 64.5-mile Borders Abbeys Way over the course of five days. The route links the four magnificent ruined abbeys of Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh and also the Borders towns of Hawick and Selkirk to return to Melrose.

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