Camping in the Scottish Borders

A journey through the Scottish Borders will take you into a world of romantic tales terrible battles and mysterious legends. It’s a land of wide open spaces and vast skies; heather-clad moorland sweeps through the west of the region, giving way to gentle valleys and rich farmland in the east. At the Berwickshire coast, you’ll find rugged cliffs sprinkled with secluded coves and charming fishing villages.

The River Tweed winds from the northwest to the south east, forming part of the border with England and finding its mouth at Berwick-upon-Tweed. Along with its tributaries, it delivers up some of the best fishing in the country – you can spend hours at the well-managed salmon beats reeling in your catches.

The town of Melrose is one of the region’s finest and well worth a visit when you’re camping in the Scottish Borders. Nestled beneath the Eildon Hills, it was settled by the Romans in 79AD, and the Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre makes for a great visit if you want to learn about Roman Scotland.

Melrose Gibson Park

Perched on the banks of the River Tweed and overlooked by the Eildon Hills, this quiet site is within easy reach of local amenities and historic attractions.

Ideal for:
• Walking
• Cycling
• Relaxing stays

 

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Reasons to visit the Scottish Borders

Whether you’re heading to one of the campsites in the Scottish Borders with your friends, your family or on a solo trip, you’ll find lots to enjoy here.

Walks and wheels

The picturesque countryside makes for wonderful walking and cycling. To combine scenery with history, take the intermediate-level Melrose walk, which leads past the Trimontium Roman fort and the ruins of an Anglo-Saxon monastery. It winds for eight miles through open country and along minor roads, and there’s even a café along the way where you can break for a cuppa.

If you want to enjoy the best of the Scottish Borders’ hillwalking, try the John Buchan Way, which connects Peebles with Broughton. It takes you through the hills and valleys of Tweeddale and greets you at every turn with breath-taking views of the Moorfoot and Dollar Law hills.

If you’re heading out on two wheels, the Border Loop is a 250-mile circuit that takes in the towns of Peebles, Melrose and Kelso and runs through hills and valleys in the west to the beautiful coastline in the east. You can pick it up at any point, choosing a leg that suits your ability. For gentle cycling, join Route 1 on the National Cycle Network anywhere between Melrose and Coldstream, while those looking for a challenge can tackle the Megget and Talla route, which starts in Innerleithen.

Outdoor family fun

If you’re camping in Galashiels or nearby, you’ll be within reach of a host of outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy. Just 35 minutes away by car, for example, is the Go Ape high ropes course in Glentress Forest. Take a memorable adventure through the treetops as you clamber along rope bridges and fly down zipwires – but don’t forget to pause for a moment now and then to appreciate the stunning scenery.

Prefer to stay closer to the ground? Jump on a quad bike to explore your surroundings at one of the many schools in the region. Centres at both Peebles and Duns can take you on a journey through the landscape that combines off-road thrills and spectacular scenery, and kids from 12 upwards can join in too.

For an activity that all ages can take part in, hop into the saddle and head out on a pony trek. It’s a gentler way to discover what the Scottish Borders countryside has to offer, and local centres such as the Kailzie Equestrian Centre organise treks for all abilities, so whether you’re a complete novice or an expert rider, you can enjoy the trails and tracks of the Scottish Borders.

Castles and stately homes

When the rain sets in or you fancy a change from outdoor exploration, you’ll find plenty of castles and stately homes to wander around. Thirlestane Castle in Lauder is great for kids and adults alike: while parents can admire the state rooms and portraits, kids will be captivated by the family nurseries and historic toy collection. There’s also a woodland walk on the estate and an adventure playground where they can burn off some energy.

Traquair House is another property that will keep children engaged. Located in Innerleithen, it’s got a maze, mini adventure playground and acres of woodland to run around in. Activity sheets and scavenger hunts will also keep them entertained while parents discover the drawing rooms, libraries and bedrooms of this centuries-old home. There’s even a brewery where you can sample the local ales.

Why choose Experience Freedom?

Experience Freedom’s campsites in the Borders of Scotland are centrally located, meaning you’re within easy reach of a whole host of activities and attractions. Our well-presented locations are run by a friendly team and equipped with high-quality facilities. Select a campsite to find out more about its facilities or to book a stay online.