A UK country house hotel may not seem like the obvious base for an outdoor holiday, but head to the Scottish Borders and you will find the combination of luxury and activity that can make for an ideal break.
The Scottish Borders area is a great destination for a short break, as it is home to some of the finest scenery you can find in the UK, along with plenty of things to do.
You will find a host of historical sites and traditional market towns to visit, but it is what is around them that makes the region special. There are vast areas of unspoiled countryside, complete with rolling hills, forests and picturesque river valleys. There is even a rugged coastline to explore.
There are also a number of luxurious country house hotels, which are the perfect place to stay for a few days while you experience everything this beautiful region has to offer.
The best way to enjoy the varied landscapes and scenic views is to head into the great outdoors and see them close up. There are plenty of ways to do just that in the Scottish Borders, as there are facilities for all sorts of outdoor activities.
You can enjoy horse riding, mountain biking and hot air ballooning, or try your hand at clay pigeon shooting or fishing.
The natural surroundings mean the coarse fishing is particularly good in the Scottish Borders. The Tweed is packed with salmon, while there are some excellent spots for trout fishing in its tributaries. And if you want to experience something a little different, why not take a trip to the Berwickshire coast and spend the day sea fishing?
Another great way to enjoy the Scottish Borders is to pull on your walking boots and head out into the countryside. With more than 1,500 miles of paths to choose from, you are certain to find a walk you enjoy.
You can test yourself with a hike through the Moorefoot hills, try a coastal walk or experience some beautiful surroundings on a stroll through the Tweed valley. As many of the paths have been routed with tourists in mind, they will take you to some of the area's historic attractions, making sure you do not miss anything during your break in the Scottish Borders.