Last weekend myself and my fellow Scotlanders got the opportunity to spend a few days in the Scottish Borders to explore the area and show off the towns and villages along the new Borders Railway. In collaboration with Visit Scotland we were given themes, itineraries and selfie sticks so we could capture our very own “#brilliantmoments”.
I choose to find out more about the design, craft and textile companies in which the Scottish Borders are famous for. The Scottish Borders are filled to the brim with talented crafts people, the village and towns are artistic hubs of small independent retailers who make a living from doing what they love, and selling their handmade gems into shops and online sites worldwide.
After a gorgeous drive through Midlothian, Galashiels and Selkirk our first stop was the thriving Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere factory and shop in Hawick (pronounced Hoyk, as the locals say, like you would Hoyk up your troosers!)
In 1715 Jacobite Rob Roy MacGregor invaded Falkland Palace. Last weekend, 300 years later I went along to learn more about the history at their re-enactment weekend by the The Earl of Loudoun’s Regiment of Foot and Battle of Prestonpans Heritage Trust. A gorgeous, sunny spring day, the flowers in full bloom and the herb garden smelling delicious it was a busy cheerful afternoon. With birds of prey, a living history camp, weapons displays and skirmishes between the Redcoats and the Jacobites it was an excellent event.
I recently spent the weekend in the Scottish Borders with my fellow Scotlanders, exporing the region of the new Borders Railway. You can read about my trip here. I was lucky enough to spend the night at the HorseshoeRestaurant with rooms in Peebles.
As I was warmly welcomed into my accommodation for the night I was already enchanted by the picture perfect village of Peebles, Scotland. Set amongst the rolling hills and valleys of the Scottish Borders this market town straddles the majestic River Tweed and is filled with cute independent shops, timeless streets and flowers in blossom in every nook and crannie.
The Horseshoe Restaurant with rooms didn’t dampen my enthusiasm for this stunning area. Driving up the stone driveway I was thrilled to find a beautifully transformed former village School House, whitewashed and surrounded with colourful flower pots. This stands behind the restaurant itself, a traditional typically Scottish affair, whitewashed outside with dark woods and thick luxurious carpets, and hints of rustic Scotland in it’s decor. The rustic feel helps the restaurant feel cosy and comfortable, but that takes nothing away from the first class hospitality we experienced at every stage of our stay.