Southern Scotland is made up of seven very distinct areas and there’s a lot to do and see in this peaceful and beautiful area. Being so close to England it has been the site of many battles over the centuries and because of this boasts many antiquities, ruins and castles to be admired, plus a great selection of self-catering holiday cottages.
Ayrshire is very easy to get to and sits on the west coast of Scotland with a wonderful sandy coastline. The whole area is rich in history with castles to explore and walk in the footsteps of Vikings who once landed on these shores. The traditional food is very tasty and the fresh seafood is not to be missed. The Isle of Arran and Isle of Cumbrae are a short ferry distance from the Ayrshire Coast and lovely for a day out or longer stay with a variety of holiday cottages. To the south is Dumfries and Galloway with glorious lush rolling countryside, friendly towns and villages. Considering it’s considered a lowland part of Scotland it has lovely views and a rocky coastline that have inspired famous writers such as Robert Burns. Outdoor activities are at a premium and look out for red squirrels, red deer and red kites.
Edinburgh and the Lothians showcase the countries capital, possibly most famous for the annual Edinburgh festival. The city is lively, cosmopolitan and cultured attracting visitors from all over the world. The Lothians are quite flat with a pretty sheltered shoreline. The hilliest parts are the central lowlands with the Pentland chain on the western side.
In the east is Glasgow and the Clyde with wide open green spaces as well as Scotland’s largest city with world class shopping and attractions plus 90 parks. You can follow the Clyde to the coast through lovely countryside and discover the rich history or visit the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve.
The Scottish Borders includes rolling hills, heather moorland, gentle valleys and a pretty coastline on the east side. The area has a colourful past with stately homes, haunting castles and magnificent abbeys all a reminder of previous skirmishes. Many now come to enjoy a peaceful way of life, outdoor pursuits and traditional food made from locally sourced produce.