From the Royal Burgh of Peebles, to the picturesque town of Melrose, the South East of Scotland and the Scottish Borders has an abundance of stunning countryside and sleepy towns and villages to explore. Nestled beneath the Eildon Hills, it's easy to see why artists and writers have been inspired by the beautiful countryside, softer than the Highlands with lower hills and broader valleys. With no cities and numerous picturesque villages, visiting the Borders is like stepping into a world of the past, where fairies still tip toe through the dells. Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish author, was born in the Borders and you can visit his house today, just outside Galashiels.
The region was historically a place of conflict with border disputes stretching back to Roman times. The Borderers took to Reivering, raiding English villages for sheep and cattle, as far south as Yorkshire, for survival. And the English raided right back leaving the Border regions to the mercy of banditry for many years. James the 1st, the first King of England and Scotland, rounded up the Border Reivers and deported or executed them in the 1600s, solving the problem once and for all. The Reivers still colour the Borders region and created a people with a unique sense of freedom, natural intelligence and a love of horses. Many of the towns and villages in the Borders still have a Common Riding in the summer months when the people ride out on horseback and celebrate their heritage.
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