A Beauty Spots in Scottish Borders
Nestling in the heart of the southern uplands, Craik Forest is great for those who want to 'get away from it all'.
Woodland trails and cycle tracks can be found around Craik village.
The Waterfall Walk beside the Aithouse Burn is particularly stunning, at any time of year. There is the easy access 'Burnside trail' along the Borthwick water, with information on the salmon spawning, bats and local Roman history.
A hide allows the fortunate to view the elusive red squirrel, alongside a variety of woodland birds.
The large scale and isolation of this forest makes it perfect for the keen naturalist. In good weather you will be rewarded by a stunning woodland landscape on a massive scale.
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The Private House Stay's Guide
This is a region which is drenched in the blood of countless battles with the English, and its many ruined castles and abbeys bear witness to this. It also has inspired the country's greatest poets and writers such as Robert Burns, John Buchan and Sir Walter Scott. The wildest and most spectacular scenery is to be found in the southern part of the region, but it is along the central valley of the River Tweed, between Peebles in the west and Kelso in the east, where you'll find most of the historic attractions. The hill walking and spa-town atmosphere of Peebles is recommended.