The area of the borders with it’s rolling hills, moorland and gentle valleys is home to some of the most impressive castles and towers of Scotland. It is divided into two regions; The Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.
It has a colourful history, many great battles took place in the borders as well as the lawless Border Reivers who would raid the other side of the border, stealing sheep and whatever else. There were areas of debatable lands which neither Scotland or England owned. People of Southern Scotland had their own language, laws and traditions.
Rather than big cities this area is rural, small villages and farmland. Some impressive woodland, like that of Glentress. There are great stories that come from Southern Scotland. The reviving tales of people like Johnnie Armstrong, seers like Thomas Rymer. This is the area of Sir Walter Scott.
Visit the four Border abbeys founded by the medieval Canmore kings. The coast line has charming beaches and some amazing walks. Just below in Northumberland is Hadrians Wall. Vindolanda – the Roman fort and settlement is well worth a visit.
Photos from Southern Scotland
Clan Hannay Gathering 2015 – Sorbie Tower