The Royal Burgh of Jedburgh dates from Roman times and is rich in history with interesting places to visit such as Jedburgh Abbey, Queen Mary’s House and the Castle Jail.
The surrounding towns of Melrose, Hawick, Galashiels and Kelso have a variety of ancestral homes including Abbotsford, Mellerstain, Floors Castle and Traquair and throughout the Borders there are historical sites, abbeys, grand houses, shops and beautiful gardens to visit.
The Scottish Borders is renowned for its cashmere, tartan and knitwear. In Hawick there is a cashmere centre and many privately owned knitwear shops and at nearby Selkirk is the Locharron visitor centre and mill. Jedburgh boasts a woollen mill with a service that will trace family tartans, a golf shop and a fine whisky department.
Jedburgh and the surrounding towns have award-winning restaurants, tearooms and speciality food shops selling local produce such as The Teviot Smokery . Most Border towns still have private butcher shops where locally sourced meat and prepared dishes are sold.
One hour’s drive east will take you to the coast where there are quiet sandy beaches and interesting villages. St Abbs Head is famous for its bird reserve and Holy Island for its historic past and ruined abbey. Eyemouth is still a fishing village and Bamburgh has a spectacular castle right on the sea edge.
A trip in the other direction will take you to the pine forests of Kielder with the largest man- made lake in the country. The Borders is an area of quiet roads and plenty of parking
North of Kielder is beautiful countryside , St Mary’s loch and The Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall.