The Beautiful Scottish Borders
The real Scotland starts right at the border with England and stretches out up to Edinburgh. Different accents in the shops and different names for beer in pubs are just two of the ways in which Scotland stamps its own personality straight away. Even the scenery changes and the hazy blue peaks of the Cheviot and Eildon Hills running out to a wide horizon have lifted the hearts of generations of travellers at Carter Bar on the A68. Wherever you travel here, you can be sure of a real Scottish experience.
Whether you explore by car, on bike or on foot, you'll discover friendly towns and picturesque villages, as well as the castles, abbeys, stately homes and museums that illustrate the exciting and often bloody history of the area. It is that history which is commemorated in the Common Ridings and other local festivals, creating a colourful pageant much enjoyed by visitors and native Borderers alike.
So whether you're looking for something action-packed or prefer it a little more laid-back, the Borders have all you need to rejuvenate you.
Whichever way you want to tour the Borders, we are happy to help or give recommendations. We can recommend private chauffeurs to drive you around the sights. Or if you would rather "go as you please", we can show you scenic driving routes, cycle routes or hiking routes. We can also provide you with a wonderful picnic hamper for your lunch!
If you want to tour the abbeys at Melrose, Jedburgh and Dryburgh, Historic Scotland offers Borders Explorer passes. If you also want to include a visit to Edinburgh in your itinerary, you should opt for the normal Historic Scotland Explorer pass. We can arrange either type of pass for you.
What about a visit to Dawyck Botanic Gardens or Kailzie Gardens with its osprey watch and trout pond?
Hawick Cashmere has stores as far afield as Japan and the USA but it is still headquartered in the Scottish Borders, and it has a superb store in nearby Kelso. Once you've finished ogling the cashmere there, you could head for Lochcarron Mill in Selkirk, where you may see a range of Scottish tartans being made, among them the special tartan created in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.
We recommend the services of WL Sleigh Ltd in Edinburgh. Their luxury cars and limousines can take you to all the "must see" tourist attractions, as well as any other places you want to add to the itinerary.
We also recommend Green Lyne in West Linton. Iain Simpson has a great knowledge of the local area and he too can take you anywhere you want (within reason!).
Finally, for a truly unique experience, look no further than Afternoon Tea Tours, who in addition to the Afternoon Teas also offer a large collection of private tours all over Scotland.
All three companies are unique in their own way, but all come highly reccommended by various Cringletie guests. They are very popular, so we advise booking well in advance.