Common riding at Hawick -
a number of towns maintain
the annual custom of riding
the 'marches' or boundaries
of the common land.
of charm of the Southern Uplands is the diversity and individuality
of its historic towns and villages. Their unique characters are
valued by their residents and visitors and are increasingly attracting
new home-grown businesses.
is a popular coastal resort town, with a remarkable view of the
Stranraer and Cairnryan are important ferry ports,
transporting people and goods to and from Ireland. Whithorn
is an ecclesiastical and pilgrimage centre, where St Ninian introduced
Christianity to Scotland.
Garlieston, between 1941-44 Garlieston Bay was used to test
components of the 'Mulberry' floating harbours. These were vital
to the success of the 1944 D-Day landing.
is Scotlands book town with enough books to satisfy
even the hungriest bookworm and an annual book festival. Many generations
of artists based around Kirkcudbright have been inspired
by the western
light and Solway scenery.
is the focus of worldwide interest in Scotlands national poet,
Castle Douglas is famed for its high quality local produce.
Moniaive is a traditional village where three glens meet.
The village was home to Annie Laurie, inspiration for one of Scotland's
best known love songs, "Maxwelton Braes".
Moffat has revived its Spa history.
Green has a thriving marriage trade that dates back to the 18th
narrow gauge railway provides a trip back in time.
The Leadhills Miners Library,
the oldest subscription
library in Britain.
In Wanlockhead the Industrial Revolution can be explored in
the Museum of Lead Mining. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of New
cotton mills has been fully restored as a living, working community
and visitor attraction. The Falls of Clyde is a spectacular natural
heritage site playing host to numerous birds, badgers, foxes, wildflowers
is internationally famous for its fine quality knitwear.
Melrose, Kelso, Dryburgh and Jedburgh are the borders
four famous abbey towns. Melrose is also becoming one of Scotlands
greenest towns with many local businesses obtaining the
Green Tourism Business Scheme award.
Lauder, a 12th century royal burgh, still retains its medieval
shape of a wide main street with two back lanes. The local
motto Peebles for pleasure relates to its popularity
as a spa town.
Innerleithen has Robert Smails Printing Works.
Sir Walter Scott served as Sheriff of Selkirk for 33 years
and its Common Riding in June is the oldest of the Border Festivals,
dating back to the Battle of Flodden in 1513.
prosperity came from its internationally renowned textile industry.
At Coldstream, the Tweed forms the border between Scotland
and England, and its Marriage House was, in its day, just
as famous as Gretna Green.
Eyemouths fishing port dates back to the 13th century
and every July a Herring Queen is elected and crowned,
symbolising the towns seafaring traditions.
has The John Muir House and Country Park, as its the birthplace
of the great 19th century conservationist who emigrated and established
Americas first national parks.
here William Wallace crossed the Cadgers Bridge disguised as a peddler
to spy on the English.
Lanark hosted the first meeting of the Scottish Parliament
more than 1000 years ago.
Strathaven, a market town since 1450, was a Convenanters stronghold
when Scotland was divided over forms of worship.
Blantyre was birthplace of David Livingstone the explorer and
is host to the David Livingstone Centre.
Dalmellington was chartered as a burgh of barony in 1607 and
has an ancient hillfort at its centre.
Kilmarnock is where John Walker established a licensed grocery
in 1820 and in 1907, this business produced the whisky Johnnie
Ayr is a popular resort town, where horse racing has taken
place since 1770 and whose racecourse hosts the Scottish Grand National.
Kirkoswald was home to John Davidson, the village souter (shoemaker)
who was the original Souter Johnnie of Robert Burns Tam OShanter.