The Easter break is almost upon us – Good Friday and Easter Sunday are this weekend. Easter Monday isn’t a public holiday in Scotland, although many people take a day off.
In the Borders there is plenty for both the locals and visitors to enjoy as spring arrives.
The region has plenty to offer, whether on two feet, four feet, two wheels, four wheels, and even, if you bring your binoculars, with four eyes.
Golfers can play more than 20 courses on the best-selling Freedom of the Fairways pass: from the championship 18 holes at Roxburghe and Cardrona, to Britain’s most extraordinary golf hole over the crashing waves of the North Sea at Eyemouth.
Archers have the opportunity to rove the forest to simulate hunting for prey, while clay-shooters can test their aim on the rapid-fire, realistic flushes. In gentle waters, fishermen can cast a fly in the hope of hooking the wild trout, grayling and salmon teeming in the Tweed, the queen of salmon rivers, and its tributaries.
Whether you want to walk, run, ride, fish, rally, swim, cycle, sail, golf, abseil, kayak or climb, these are the adventures awaiting you in the contrasting local landscapes of hill, loch, moor, forest, meadow, river and coast.
Walkers can hike the Eildon, Cheviot or Lammermuir hills, and rock-climb the crags of Ruberslaw, yet also explore the beaches and coves of east Berwickshire.
Road cyclists can discover the ranging countryside at their own pace on the quiet lanes of the many sign-posted cycleways, while mountain bikers can enjoy the world-class trails of 7stanes Glentress Forest in the Tweed Valley and also at Newcastleton.
Off-roaders, rally drivers and even nostalgic holiday-makers in love with VW camper vans can find the freedom to roam the area’s varied terrains. Motorcylists ride the 3,000km of roads that made local sons of speed Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop champions.
Horse-riders can canter and gallop through the woodland trails of Scotland’s horse country.
If history is your interest, there are a number of excellent historic properties to whet your appetite. And for those youngsters looking for something a little extra, a number of venues run special activities to suit.
And at the end of the day, exhausted, you can relax with delicious food and drink in a local eatery before you start something completely different the next morning.