From the Berwickshire coastline to the valleys of the west, there are pretty towns and villages scattered around the wide-open landscapes, and visitors will find striking abbeys, castles, gardens and walking trails.
Among the Borders' fine historic buildings is Thirlestane Castle near Lauder, close to the east coast. Thirlestane is one of the very oldest castles in the country and there's plenty to captivate visitors including a country life museum, adventure playground and woodland walk. For a tasty treat, go for lunch in The Old Servants Hall.
Kelso, close to the Borders' east coast, is an idyllic market town and home to the stunning remains of 12th century Kelso Abbey. There's also Kelso Racecourse, with horse racing meetings dotted throughout the year.
Floors Castle in Kelso is the largest inhabited castle in Scotland - home to the Duke of Roxburghe. Built in 1721, this castle is a fine example of period architecture, furniture and art. On a sunny day, spend the afternoon relaxing in pretty gardens that overlook the River Tweed.
The tiny town of Coldstream, in the Borders' east, was a constant crossing point for English and Scottish armies as they marched over the border, and it was here that King James IV died in battle. This was also the start point from where a regiment of Scots marched to London to restore the monarchy of King Charles II - they became the Coldstream Guards.
Walk this way
The Borders is perfect walking country, with some of the very best landscapes in the UK. There's more than 1,500 miles of walking routes, ranging from short trails ideal for beginners to national walks that will provide a challenge for even the most experienced of walkers.
From the moorlands of St Mary's Loch to the coastal wildlife of Berwickshire, the Scottish Borders are simply awash with beautiful attractions. If you visit in September you can attend the annual Scottish Borders Walking Festival, where you can enjoy lots of guided walks and activities.