Lothian & Scottish Borders
Rolling hills, empty moorland, quiet valleys and a rocky coastline with secluded coves and fishing villages. Most people visiting Scotland only pay lip service to this region and rush on northwards.
True, no dramatic Highland mountain scenery so often associated with Scotland, but you will find small bustly towns and picturesque villages, as well as the castles, abbeys, stately homes and museums that illustrate the exciting and often bloody history of the region.
For tranquillity and a more relaxed pace of life: Lothian & Scottish Borders. Why don't you drive along the Heart of the Borders Trail, or, if you're a dedicated walker: The Berwickshire Coastal Path or the Borders Abbeys Way could be up your alley.
Although the featured attractions, sites and landmarks are always chosen by me, I have made a serious effort to differentiate 4 levels:
- (***) This is, for whatever reason, a very personal favourite! Will definitely be on my itinerary! Could possibly be disappointing for someone else though.
- (**) A major must-see tourist attraction that you can find in many a brochure.
- (*) Worth seeing and possibly interesting if you happen to be in the vicinity.
- (-) A hefty dollop of imagination is a must, but it might be interesting if you know the background.