Visiting Lothian and Borders: Fertile river valleys, sweeping hills, historic towns and villages and stunning coastline
About the Lothians
Lothian and the Borders is a rolling landscape of fertile river valleys, sweeping hills, historic towns and villages, and stunning coastline, providing a wealth of natural and manmade attractions for the visitor.
The Scottish Borders are the Debatable Lands, which were fought over between Scotland and England for many years, and defended by castles and strongholds. Find out more about that history here. Linlithgow, Crichton, Borthwick and many other castles have strong links with Mary Queen of Scots. The Common Ridings are another tradition stemming from that turbulent period.
The ruined abbeys of Kelso, Jedburgh, Melrose and Dryburgh are steeped in history.
Fishing: the Tweed is one of the world’s greatest salmon rivers, and there are many more fishing opportunities.
Beaches: with miles of sandy and rocky coastline, there are countless beaches and clifftops like St Abbs Head to walk on. Or visit the picturesque seaside town of North Berwick, with its fast and frequent train connections to Edinburgh. Or you could pick up part or all of the long-distance walk - the John Muir Way - which stretches along the whole of the coast line.
Find out about the region’s industrial heritage at the National Mining Museum of Scotland, Preston Mill, the National Museum of Flight, Robert Smail’s Print Works, Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum.