Bloggers Discover Midlothian and the Borders

by Scotland Starts Here, 22nd October 2020
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Bloggers Discover Midlothian and the Borders

Over the month of September, we welcomed four bloggers from across Scotland and the North of England to Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. Check out what they discovered on their travels and how they fell in love with the place where Scotland starts.


Please note: In light of the coronavirus pandemic, health and safety are of paramount importance. Stay safe and adhere to current government guidanceIf you are going for walks or exercise, always follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Closures and access restrictions may apply and will be lifted in line with government guidance. Always check with places directly and prebook where possible.


Neil – Travels with a Kilt

History lover Neil and his trusted companion, golden retriever puppy Harris, embarked on a three-day tour filled with historic sights and ancient stories. 

Following the footsteps of the Knights Templar, he started off at Rosslyn Chapel, before paying a visit to the small village of Temple in Midlothian. In the Borders, the majestic Borders Abbeys awaited, and along the way Neil paid respects to the greats of Scottish history. From Robert the Bruce in Melrose, and William Wallace at Bemersyde, to Bonnie Prince Charlie at Traquair House.

Discover the full adventure over on Neil’s blog:

Sonja – Migrating Miss

Discovering the family-friendly side of the area was the big focus of Sonja’s travels. She and her family spent two fun-filled days in the Borders, as well as several days out around Midlothian. 

From Fort Douglas at Restoration Yard, to the pet lambs at Jacksons at Jedburgh, there was lots to discover. Alpacas were walked, pizzas were made and butterflies spotted. The family can’t wait to plan another trip, soon.

Check out their recommendations on Sonja’s blog: 

Kate – Love, from Scotland

Outdoor enthusiast Kate has seen lots of places in Scotland but Midlothian and the Borders are especially dear to her. So, for her blog trip, she embarked on an adventure-filled three days, covering the wonders of the Berwickshire Coast in the East, the adrenaline-packed trails of the Tweed Valley in the West, as well as the secrets and slopes of Midlothian.

Head to Kate’s blog for more details on her trip:

Steph – Steph Fox Travel

Newcastle native Steph had explored Scotland before but Midlothian and the Borders were a completely new destination for her. Over three days, she explored the picturesque towns of the Borders, discovering some of the areas’ most famous places and faces. 

Trips to quaint St Abbs and Sir Walter Scott’s stunning Abbotsford were complemented by outstanding local hospitality in Kelso and Peebles – perfect for Steph’s foodie interests. And in Midlothian, award-winning tipples, scran and shopping awaited at the Secret Herb Garden and Dalkeith Country Park.

For more inspiration for your next trip, visit Steph’s blog: