|You'll discover friendly towns and charming villages, while the castles, abbeys, stately homes and museums illustrate the exciting and often bloody history of the area. It’s that history which is commemorated in the Common Ridings and other local festivals, creating a colourful pageant much enjoyed by visitors and native Borderers alike.
The genius of the Borders lies in its frontier character. If the violence has long-subsided, the monuments to it remain. Hill forts, brochs, bastles, pele towers, tower-houses and castles are the evocative reminders of the area's contested past and its role as a racial, national and international boundary.