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    Why we love the Borders and Lowlands

    The gateway into Scotland, the Borders and Lowlands pack the punch for adrenaline fuelled adventure, top-notch local seafood and escapism into its mesmerising scenery. Packed with peaks and valleys to head to on a two-wheeled adventure, to taking a walk with its furriest residents, the area is a haven for adventure-seekers, food lovers and explorers. Within easy reach of northern England, and direct routes to and from Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland’s Borders and Lowlands are waiting to be discovered by you.

    Things to do in the Borders and Lowlands

    For wildlife-filled hikes and invigorating road trips, look to this natural reserve in south-west Scotland.

    Go wild at Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere
    Galloway and Sothern Ayshire UNESCO Biosphere
    Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere

    Built in the shape of a triangle, this unique 13th-century fortress sits on the southern coast of Scotland.

    Plan your visit to Caerlaverock Castle
    Caerlaverock Castle
    Caerlaverock Castle

    Head south from Edinburgh to Glentress Forest for epic mountain biking trails, treetop adventures and rare wildlife.

    Hit the trail at Glentress
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    Glentress

    This is no ordinary castle: Culzean has its very own beach, country park, Adventure Cove – and much more.

    Find the fun at Culzean Castle and Country Park
    Culzean Castle and Country Park
    Culzean Castle and Country Park

    This is where the story of Scotland’s best-loved poet began, with a museum featuring 5,000 artefacts and handwritten manuscripts.

    Book tickets for the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
    Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
    Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

    For wildlife-filled hikes and invigorating road trips, look to this natural reserve in south-west Scotland.

    Go wild at Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere
    Galloway and Sothern Ayshire UNESCO Biosphere
    Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere

    Built in the shape of a triangle, this unique 13th-century fortress sits on the southern coast of Scotland.

    Plan your visit to Caerlaverock Castle
    Caerlaverock Castle
    Caerlaverock Castle

    Head south from Edinburgh to Glentress Forest for epic mountain biking trails, treetop adventures and rare wildlife.

    Hit the trail at Glentress
    south_of_scotland_156
    Glentress

    This is no ordinary castle: Culzean has its very own beach, country park, Adventure Cove – and much more.

    Find the fun at Culzean Castle and Country Park
    Culzean Castle and Country Park
    Culzean Castle and Country Park

    This is where the story of Scotland’s best-loved poet began, with a museum featuring 5,000 artefacts and handwritten manuscripts.

    Book tickets for the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
    Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
    Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

    Places to stay in the Borders and Lowlands

    Edinburgh

    An aesthetic and cultural gem, this city offers everything from a formant volcano, a castle and medieval old town, and its plush Georgian New Town. It rocks 11 international festivals and has great shopping, music and theatre too.

    Stirling

    With its manageable size, and within easy reach of Glasgow and Edinburgh, it’s a more sedate option of the biggest cities here. A great place to base your stay for some activities around Lock Lomond & The Trossachs National Park too.

    Glasgow

    Scotland’s largest city is bursting with culture and provides an excellent base to stay in as well as explore the city itself, from its old Merchant City or its hip West End.

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    From palaces to cobbled alleys, and a dormant volcano, this city is a real show-stopper.

    A young couple taking a selfie of view over historic town

    Pushing the boundaries of art and culture and a heart that beats through its people.

    Two men looking at installation of suspended head sculptures

    Historical hot property – evident in its castles, citadels and 2,000-year-old Hadrian’s Wall.

    View from a distance of a castle on hill near a beach

    Explore pristine woods, climb mountains and paddle the waters of Scotland's wild landscape.

    A woman sitting and looking out across Loch Lomond

    Getting to the Borders and Lowlands

    Spanning the width of the nation, the Borders and Lowlands is easy to travel to and get around with rail routes, roads and even by bike. With Edinburgh just around the corner and Northumberland to the south, you’ll find taking that first step across the Scottish border is easier than ever. Through well connected road networks and trains with East Coast main line between London and Edinburgh now’s the time to take a trip to Scotland.

    Getting around

    Whether you’re choosing to travel by train, bus, car or bike – you can explore all what the Scottish Borders and Lowlands have to offer, from its vast rolling countryside to expansive coastline. 

    By bus

    Enjoy the scenic views on public transport with the Lowlands and Borders bus services. Find bus routes along the Borders with Border Bus, and in the popular Dumfries and Galloway area, use Stagecoach Bus for timetables and route updates.

    By bike

    Looking beyond its immense open space will lead you to a biking adventure, follow a trail of expansive bike routes for trips to bike-friendly towns and beautiful landscapes.

    By car

    Getting around the Borders and Lowlands by car is simple, well connected to England and main networks leading to both Edinburgh and Glasgow means there’s no better time to jump in a car and explore the area.

    By train

    Travel along the Borders Railway connecting places all along the southern reaches of Scotland, for train journeys through the Lowlands use ScotRail to help plan your journey. For an all-in-one ticket option, use the Borders Explorer pass, connecting you to and from Edinburgh alongside bus routes through villages and towns.

    Want to know more?

    Get the inside knowledge and top travel tips from VisitScotland.