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The Scottish Borders make excellent walking and cycling country and there are several long distance paths that cross the area, sections of which can easily be made into manageable day walks or rides.

One of the key draws of the region are the romantic ruins of the great Border Abbeys, which met their end during the reformation of the sixteenth century. Many of the abbey ruins line the beautiful Tweed Valley, which is also home to several inviting towns and villages and some excellent walking.

The section of coast here contains the popular and picturesque harbour villages of St Abbs – from where you can take a boat to one of the best cold-water dive sites in Europe – and Eyemouth, as well as their surrounding beaches. Nearby Paxton House is one of the finest examples of neo-Palladian architecture in Britain.

To the south of the region, imposing Hermitage Castle sits in a desolate spot deep in Liddesdale. Scene of many a battle (and secret negotiations) with English invaders, the castle has a fascinating history.

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