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The Scottish Borders are seen by some as merely being the gateway to the rest of the country so they’re often bypassed and don’t always get the credit that they deserve. Here at Sykes. we feel that this is a bit unfair; there’s always something to see or do in the Borders! However, the best way to get a true taste of the area is to head outside and enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer! So read on and find out about some of the fantastic outdoor activities that you can enjoy in the Scottish Borders.


Fishing on the River Tweed

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Fishing is one of the most popular activities in the Borders, thanks mainly to the River Tweed that runs right through the heart of the region. The river is widely recognised as one of Europe’s great fishing sites with an abundance of Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout, Brown Trout and Grayling that make it a haven for anglers of all experience, from the first time fisherman, right the way through to the seasoned veterans. What’s more, with the service that is offered by Tweed Guide, who provide full or half day packages catering for both individuals and groups with licenses, with instruction and equipment all included, you’ll be guaranteed a catch!

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking in the Borders

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The Scottish Borders are also a paradise for all you adrenaline junkies out there. The area is widely recognised as the best location for mountain biking in the United Kingdom thanks to the winding tracks and forests that characterise the countryside. In fact, two of the famous 7Stanes mountain biking centres are found nestled in the forests of the region, providing trails of varying difficulties so there’s always a ride to suit you no matter how experienced you are.


Boots by the loch

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If you’re looking to get a taste of the great outdoors in the Scottish Borders but at a more sedate pace then walking may well be the answer. Recognised walks like the John Buchan Way and St Cuthbert’s Way provide well-trodden routes, or if you’d rather make your own way then you’ll never be short of options with the beautiful vistas and rolling hills that make up the Borders; not to mention the countless country pubs that offer you the perfect place to rest and refresh!

So if you feel inspired to give the region a try, don’t forget to check out our range of holiday cottages in the Scottish Borders, so that you have somewhere to warm up and have a brew after a long day in the great outdoors!

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