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Our annual UK trip in June took us to the Anglo-Scottish border where we visited some of the ruined abbeys, magnificent castles and learned about reivers and ridings. The Scottish Borders is a region often overlooked by visitors to the UK’s most northern country; wrongly so in our opinion for it is one of great beauty.

Its main features are the bubbling River Tweed, which offers great salmon fishing, and the Southern Uplands. On the southern side of the border, are the Cheviot Hills and rugged Northumberland.

We traveled by overnight ferry from Zeebrugge to Hull where our travel partner, Tynedale Group Travel, had one of its’ luxury coaches awaiting our arrival. Our accommodation on land was at the 4-star Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa, situated beside the River Tweed and close to Peebles.

Highlights of the visit included an evening at Traquair House, private guided visits of Rosslyn Chapel of Da Vinci Code fame; Floors Castle, Seaton Delaval (NT),  Robert Smail’s Printing Works (NTS)  and Sir Walter Scott’s home Abbotsford House. We also visited two other National Trust properties - Fountains Abbey and Washington Old Hall - and two other National Trust of Scotland properties - Harmony Garden and Priorwood Garden, and much more.