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The local area guide to living in Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders is a council area of Scotland, bordering East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, the City of Edinburgh, Dumfries and Galloway, and Northumberland, England. Because of its closeness to these surrounding areas and England in particular, the term 'Borders' is a fitting name for the area. The Scottish Borders has a monumental history, heavily involved in the wars between the English and Scottish over many centuries. 1513 was the year that the Battle of Flodden took place on the periphery of Northumberland, and it represented a huge victory for the English and the Earl of Surrey.

The area itself is full of castles and the ruins of historical abbeys, and represents traditional Scotland in its true essence. There is a great outdoors life here, with vast amounts of greenery, wild natural hills and beautiful landscapes. This makes it a perfect location for a wide range of activities such as cycling, walking, and birdwatching. Sports enthusiasts will have much to whet their appetite, with internationally acclaimed golf courses and the famed Melrose Sevens Rugby Tournament. There is no fixed central town in the Borders, instead, it is a collection of towns and villages that make up this beautiful yet obscure land, and it is largely unexplored by tourists in general leading to a sense of peace and isolation.

Information about the local residents

There are roughly 114,000 people living in the Borders. The largest towns in terms of population are Hawick at 1,294, Galashiels at 14,994 and Peebles at 8,376, while Melrose has just 2,307 people residing there. The population here is mainly white, with 98.71% and 78.81% of those being Scottish, while 16.36% originally hail from Britain. While the unemployment may be low in the Borders, the economy is also significantly lower than the national average. The Borders has had a significant history in the textiles industry, and 5% of the population is involved in it, which is far higher than the 0.3% national average.

Nearby schools

The schools in the Scottish Borders generally fare well when compared to the rest of the country. When it comes to primary schools, Melrose Primary School, Gordon Primary School and Knowepark Primary School are the standout choices to send kids, aged 5-11. For secondary education, look no further than Gordon Primary School, Earlston High School, and Selkirk High School.

Getting around

The local bus service is reliable and goes to all the main towns, as well as far as Edinburgh and Carlisle. From September 2015, the Borders Railway service was reintroduced for the first time since 1969, and it also stops at Midlothian and Edinburgh. There are four principal A roads that intersect the region, allowing access to most of the towns and villages in the area. Edinburgh and Newcastle are the closest airports.

Local shops

There are many specialist producers that make different kinds of products, and the Borders is host to a number of different shops, with a vast number providing things such as local produce, crafts and the local speciality, textiles. The borders are particularly famous for their production of tartans and tweed, and you will find plenty of these throughout the region. In Harwick, you will find an excellent array of knitwear, but when it comes to high street brands, look no further than Galashiels.

There are a number of places in the Borders to eat out, The Rialto offers coffee, snacks, and very tasty cuisine. The Cobbles – Freehouse & Dining in Kelso serves up some traditional Scottish food, complete with a bar, serving the finest Scottish ales. The Belters Bar in Jedburgh is another bar/restaurant and has a number of excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.

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