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the beautiful borders UPDATED
Borders in General
Member Name: queenofsheba
Borders in General
Date: 17/04/01, updated on 14/05/01 (30 review reads)
Advantages: a warm welcome
Disadvantages: Not a shoppers paradise
I used to live and work in the Scottish Borders.It is such a beautiful area and full of genuinely friendly people.
The river Tweed runs through the Borders and there are many beautiful clean and tidy walks alongside it where you can see quite a bit of wildlife such as leaping salmon, herons, ducks and swans.If you prefer woodland walks there are plenty of those too and if you are lucky you may see a fox or badger, maybe even a few deer, you will definately see rabbits! To find out the whereabouts of these walks checkout the newsagents in the area , they should have a booklet on the location of all the walks in the area and the best way to get to them.
Wherever you choose to stay or eat out you will be guaranteed a warm welcome I promise you,it's a lovely place to take a holiday or a short break and to live.There are many many historical features in the borders such as Melrose Abbey, Jedburgh Abbey, Sir Walter Scott's House,the fantastic Grey Mare's Tail Waterfall, Floors Castle and numerous monuments to William Wallace, to name just a few but the whole country is steeped in Scottish history.
Other things that may interest you perhaps are Kelso's race course and Sunday market, the Rugby Sevens throughout the summer.
If you are planning a visit in the spring and summer and you are a hayfever sufferer you must remember to take whatever medication you use along with you, as there are lots of fields full of bright yellow rapeseed and it will set you off sneezing and eyes watering almost immediately.
If you are going to Melrose Abbey pop across the road to Graemes' sweetshop they do fantastic homemade icecream and sweets, the best by far being Scottish butter taiblet it is to die for. Once you've tried this you'll never bother with the usual expensive small and blandly flavoured tablet that is everywhere else in Scotland,so make sure you buy plenty! Yum Yum!
Perhaps this is not the place to go to if all you
want to do is sunbathe and shop (the nearest decent place to shop is in Edingburgh) but there is always something going on in the Borders it's definately not a boring place whatever your interests.