The Cheviots separate the Scottish Borderlands from England and a walk into the hills will richly reward visitors with views stretching out for miles and a wonderous solitude. For a more social walk perhaps take an alpaca along for company!

Away from the hills, the market town of Kelso sits at the confluence of the Rivers Teviot and Tweed, a thriving place with a monthly market in the square. Wander along the scenic riverside walk and reflect on at the history played out along these banks over the centuries.  

The importance of these waterways can not be underestimated – they were crucial to the monks who founded and built the Border Abbeys in Kelso and Jedburgh in the 12th Century. While both are now in ruins, Jedburgh Abbey is still considered one of the finest late Norman buildings remaining in Scotland.  

Today, colourful buildings decorate Jedburgh’s market place, but just a short walk away the visitor can delve into the darker history of the town’s jail, hiding behind a deceptively grand facade at Jedbugh Castle. Or explore the life of the ill-fated cousin of Elizabeth I at the Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre.  

Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland sits just outside Kelso and its gardens play host to summer theatre troupes showcasing Shakespearean classics, while inside the house reveals a collection of fine art, porcelain, newly restored tapestries, grand rooms and superb views.