The Scottish Borders, often referred to the Borders, are located in the Eastern part of the Southern Uplands. It is a hilly region where the river Tweed is flowing west to east. It is a.e. bordered by Dumfries and Galloway in the west, by the capital city of Edinburgh and Cumbria in England to the south and east. The region covers about eighteen hundred square miles. The Scottish Borders stretches from the rolling hills and moorland in the west, through gentler valleys to the high agricultural plains of the east, and on to the rocky Berwickshire coastline with its secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages.
What makes the Borders such a hugely popular tourist destination is the sheer range of activities packed into such a small and accessible region. Walk, golf, fish, ride, off road, windsurfing, the list is long, the open Borders countryside and view nature at its seasonal best. The Scottish Borders is a land of contrasts - one of Europe's most beautiful unspoilt regions. For the walker, it offers space to breathe clean air. There are rolling hills, extensive mature forests, superb river valleys and interesting towns and villages. The region is full with trails and footpaths so that you can walk for an hour, day or week.
Walking in the Borders is good all year round. There are a number of long distance routes through the Scottish Borders. Some of the more popular routes include the Southern Upland Way, St Cuthberts Way, John Buchan Way and Borders Abbeys Way. There is however, a number of other notable routes including; The Northern Terminus of the Pennine Way (a walk from Derbyshire across the Pennines into Scotland). In this region you will find the ending point of the long distance footpath the Southern Upland Way.