The Tweed Valley bills itself as Scotland’s year-round activity destination with forest and hills and an iconic river to explore. Activity for all, no matter how you define it. From hiking to biking, tree top swinging to a paddle along on the river, there are a myriad of choices to entice visitors to explore the natural world. 

There is a rich cultural heritage with some of Scotland’s great events and personages inhabiting the fabric of this land – castles, myths and legends abound.  Writers have taken inspiration from this landscape and modern day guides delight in recounting the tales that tie this place to history. 

You could start your exploration paddling the River Tweed along its newly created Tweed Valley Canoe Trail. Stop off in the historic town of Peebles where a whole variety of foodie delights awaits – try making your own gin or have a go at creating a chocolate truffle. Check out events at the Eastgate Theatre, which hosts a wide range of cultural delights from an annual Wild Writers Festival to classical music performances and touring stage productions.  

Further along the Tweed sits Innerleithen, an excellent fishing spot and base for accessing the hills surrounding the town for walking and mountain biking.

History buffs will love a visit to the oldest inhabited house in Scotland at Traquair House, complete with its links to Bonnie Prince Charlie.  

Not to be missed is one of the four Royal Botanic Gardens of Scotland, Dawyck, nestled near Stobo. This garden delights in any season offering a constantly changing palette of colours and it is well known for its arboreatum.