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The Scottish Borders covers a huge swathe of southern Scotland to the east of the M74. It's an unspoilt wilderness of green hills, rushing rivers and bleak, barren moors, and it has an austere beauty which would surprise those who think that the real Scotland starts somewhere north of Perth.

The Borders' proximity to England also gives it a romantic edge and makes it even more essentially Scottish. Our visitor guide will give you brief but detailed information on the Borders. You'll also find various towns in the Borders.

This is a region which is drenched in the blood of countless battles with the English, and its many ruined castles and abbeys bear witness to  Scotland's long, turbulent relationship with its belligerent southern neighbour. It should come as no surprise, then, that this southern corner of Scotland has so inspired the country's greatest poets and writers.

Robert Burns and John Buchan often spoke of its rare charms, but it is Sir Walter Scott, inspired not only by the stark beauty of the countryside but also by its lore and legends, who is most closely associated with the region.

The wildest and most spectacular scenery is to be found in the southern part of the region, along the Yarrow Water, between Selkirk and Moffat, the upper reaches of the Tweed valley, south of Peebles, and in Liddesdale, southwest of Jedburgh. But it is along the central valley of the River Tweed, between Peebles in the west and Kelso in the east, where you'll find most of the historic attractions, including the fascinating Traquair House, Sir Walter Scott's mansion at Abbotsford. Together with Selkirk, and the textile-producing towns of Galashiels and Hawick, these towns form the heart of the Borders.