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Outdoor Pursuits & Activities

The Ettrick Valley in the Scottish Borders is a beautiful part of the country and offers visitors many things to do.

There are many walking routes to suits all ages and abilities from short strolls to the more challenging St Cuthberts Way and The Southern Upland Way.

Cycling and mountain biking are also popular pursuits in the rolling countryside and other activities available locally include horse riding, tennis, golf (over twenty courses in the area) and fishing for trout and salmon. For more information on fishing please visit

The coast is a pleasant drive away with Eyemouth, Berwick-on-Tweed, St Abbs, Holy Island and Bamburgh all well worth visiting. Or head to Scotlands capital city, Edinburgh, with its Castle, Palace and inumerable other attractions.

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Places to visit

Discover the history of the Scottish Borders by exploring the four Border Abbeys at Melrose, Dryburgh, Jedburgh and Kelso.

Visit the large Country Houses in the Scottish Borders including Mellerstain House, Paxton House, Manderston House, Bowhill, Abbotsford or Traquair.

There are also many castles and towers to visit including Floors Castle, Thirlestane Castle, Neidpath Castle, or explore the more modest Smailholm Tower, Jedburgh Castle with its Old Jail and Hermitage Castle.

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