Getting There - the Borders is ideal for exploring by car.

Main connecting routes are the A7 or A68 from Edinburgh or the A72 from the West.

Things to do The Scottish Borders Tourist Board produces a number of free specialist activity guides for the region including golf, walking, fishing and cycling. Available from Visitor Information Centres 8 Visitor Information Points in the region or by calling 0870 608 0404. Other activities include mountain biking. horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, canoeing, quad biking and off road driving - see www.visitscottishborderscom for more information.

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0 Both Sides of the Need Music Festival lnnerleithen, 4-6 October

- Kelso Races 6th & 19th Oct. 2nd 8 13th Nov

0 The Borders Banquet Food Festival ist 10th Nov

A full events listing is on the web www.visitscottishborderscom


Visit one of the Borders' beautiful and historic

abbeys at Dryburgh. Kelso. Melrose or Jedburgh. or the imposing Hermitage Castle near Newcastleton with its terrifying past.


The Borders has dozens of wonderful craft shops and galleries including Swinton and Kelso Potteries. The Hirsel in Coldstream and the Flat Cat Gallery in Lauder. See the Scottish Borders Essential Guide for details (call 0870 608 0404).

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' Top Tips

0 Be Prepared: - as every boy scout and girl guide knows, its always best to be prepared so make sure you wear suitable footwear for the walk you choose and take warm clothes and waterproofs with you.

0 Get the Book: - pick up a free copy of the Scottish Borders Walking Guide at one of the region’s Visitor Information Centres, or by calling 0870 608 0404.

0 Map It Out: - If you are planning to venture off the beaten track, then take an OS map of the Borders available from the region’s Visitor Information Centres - see www.visitscottishborders.com for more details

0 Free Advice: - For an insider guide to good places to go walking, call 0870 608 0404 to speak to one ol‘ the SB‘I'B’s customer advisers


From cosy self catering properties and 888's to charming hotels, the Scottish Borders also has a range of accommodation options to suit every taste and pocket. Details of short break offers and last minute accommodation deals are available on- Iine at www.visitscottishborders.com or by calling 0870 608 0404.

Top short break offers this month include a two night stay for two people at The Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells on a dinner. bed and breakfast basis for just £168. Set in the heart of the Borders, the hotel is an ideal base for exploring the region with great food to satisfy the appetite you work up when walking in the region.

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