The Border lands between Northern England and Scotland comprise outstanding landscapes where wild hilly areas give way to pleasant green valleys, on a journey to the sea on both the East and West coastlines. They offer amazing facilities for outdoor sports with hill walking, bird watching, driving and cycling to name just a few.
Now that autumn has arrived the scenery here is spectacular to see, with heather moorlands woodland and forest hillsides changing colours before your eyes. If you are looking to take an autumn break, search for your ideal holiday base on Rent My Caravan where there are a variety of caravans for hire on the Scottish Borders.
Whether you prefer to hold a shotgun, a fishing rod, a golf club or simply put on a pair of hiking boots, the Borders have something to keep you occupied for many hours.
The River Tweed, 98 miles long from its mouth to Berwick on the East coast, is Scotland’s second longest river and has a world status as one of the best for trout and salmon fishing; or cast your line at St Mary’s Loch, if you prefer to fish for pike, the largest loch in the Borders area.
With a choice of 21 golf courses you will find a warm Scottish welcome at one of these, including championship standard courses at Cardona and Roxburgh, or the 9-hole courses at Selkirk and St Boswells.
Eyemouth on the coast offers surfing, sailing, coast diving and water skiing for extreme sport adventures.
Over centuries the Borders region has seen troubled relations between Scotland and England, and has sustained several invasions, including the Wars of Independence which saw action from both William Wallace and later Robert the Bruce. The Border’s abbeys, at Dryburgh, Jedburgh, Kelso and Melrose all suffered damage during Tudor times at the hands of Henry VIII’s soldiers during the 1500’s.
The area is also home to the lawless Border Reivers, who initiated the words “bereaved” and “blackmail” into the English language. During Elizabethan and Tudor times, the Reivers allegiance was not always to the English or Scottish crowns but to a family surname. Many raids were made and feuds fought in honour of Border’s surnames such as Robson, Elliot, Armstrong or Dodd that are still common in the region even today.
From the textile towns of Selkirk, Hawick and Peebles where many tartan fabrics are manufactured, to the spectacular coastline at Eyemouth and Berwick, the Borders region has a keen sense of community and regional identity. During the many invasions between the Scots and English Berwick upon Tweed changed hands no less than thirteen times, and is now classed as being on the English side of the Border.
Coldstream lays claim to its famous Coldstream Guards, the oldest regiment in continuous existence within the British Army.
Galashiels has recently had a visit from HRH Queen Elizabeth who opened a new train link direct to Edinburgh, with a journey time of just 50 minutes.
The Borders region is proud of its people, achievements and history. Should you visit this special part of the world, you will be guaranteed a very warm welcome. For those who don’t know this area, it’s definitely worth researching Rent My Caravan to find caravans for hire on the Scottish Borders. You can book direct with owners for an autumn or winter break this year at affordable prices.