Discover the Borders
Within a short distance from Marshall Meadows there is so much to discover, Historic castles and houses, coastal ports, market towns, beaches, riverside walks, arts & crafts. Here are some of the outings that have proved most popular with our guests.
Berwick upon Tweed
Historic Berwick upon Tweed is the most northerly town on the Northumberland Coast and has been a thriving trading centre and international port from as early as the 12th and 13th centuries. The red sandstone Berwick Bridge, also known as the Old Bridge, is the fifth known bridge crossing the River Tweed on or near this location.
Berwick is considered one of the most picturesque towns on the region’s coast. This is mainly because of its attractive red roofed houses, pinkish grey elegant and attractive Georgian buildings and it’s location at the mouth of the River Tweed. The Lonely Planet Bluelist 2008 has named the North East England as one of the top 30 locations in the world to visit. The North East England is described as being “the most exciting, beautiful and friendly region in the whole of England”, with Berwick upon Tweed being singled-out as “the definitive border town”.
With this high level of praise from such a well respected travel publication, can only reinforce that the North East England with it’s spectacular Northumberland Coast, is an area well worthy of visiting and not to be missed.
Berwick Farmers Market is held in The Maltings Theatre, it takes place on the last Sunday of every month and is open from 10:00am and closes around 1:30pm. With a first-class selection of local produce and other goods being available from a wide variety of stallholders.
Berwick-upon-Tweed has much to offer all visitors, including:
- An army museum, theatre and arts centre.
- Interesting shops and a twice-weekly market held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
- Restaurants, cafes, coffee shops (including Caffè Nero), fish and chip shops.
- The Lowry Trail for visitors interested in art and the artist.
- Swan Centre for Leisure, complete with 25m swimming pool and excellent sports facilities.
- Walks around the Elizabethan Walls with views to the River Tweed and North Sea beyond.
Along The Tweed
Coldstream is situated where the River Tweed forms a natural boundary between Scotland and England. Much of the town’s history arose because of its location on the border and the continual feuding between the two nations.
Running right through the length of the town, there is a very busy main street; the third busiest route into Scotland after the M74 and A1. The High Street has a wide array of shops catering for most of the local needs.
Cornhill-on-Tweed is in the very north of Northumberland, the “first and last” village in England.
You’ll find Kelso full of fascinating history. There’s the Romanesque abbey, built in 1128 and the memorial Cloister to the 8th Duke of Roxburgh. Floors Castle – the largest inhabited house in Scotland can clearly be seen from Kelso Bridge and further afield is the site of the town of Roxburgh with its castle – first recorded as the residence of the Earl of Northumberland in 1107.
THE NORTHUMBRIAN COAST
The Farne Islands
The Farne Islands are situated between two and five miles off the Northumberland Coast. There are 28 islands in total, 15 of which can be seen at high tide, with the largest island being Inner Farne. Historically the Farne Islands are associated with St Aidan and St Cuthbert, both of whom used the islands as a place to mediate in utter solitude.
The Northumberland heroine, Grace Darling spent most of her short life on the lighthouses here, first on Brownsman’s Island and then on Longstone Island.
The 30-minute boat trip to Puffin Island, departing from Seahouses brings in excess of 45,000 visitors to the islands throughout the year. The most rewarding months being May, June and July when tens of thousands of birds are roosting.
The islands are the summer home of four of the five species of British tern, as well as twelve other species of seabird, including puffins (also known as the ‘Sea Parrot’ and locally known as the ‘Tommy Noddy’), guillemots and kittiwakes
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne – Crossing Times
Also known by its Celtic name as Lindisfarne, is accessible only at low tide, twice daily, by a three mile long causeway, built in 1954.
Sitting atop Beblowe Crag is the most prominent feature on the island, Holy Island Castle, built as a defence in Tudor times. The priory dates from Norman times and is built on the site of an Anglo Saxon monastery, founded following the visit of St Aidan in AD 635. Later destroyed by the Vikings and rebuilt some 400 years later as a Benedictine Priory. Cross the metalled causeway and visit the peace and tranquillity of Holy Island, famous for it’s religious heritage.
The island is one of the top locations for birdwatching in North East England, with hundreds of species having been recorded in the area, with new birds being added to the list annually.
According to Country Life, October 2002, “Alnwick is the most picturesque market town in Northumberland, and the best place to live in Britain”. The town is situated 32 miles (51 km) south of Berwick-upon-Tweed and the Scottish border, and 5 miles (8 km) inland from the North Sea at Alnmouth.
Alnwick is in the heart of Northumberland, the Alnwick District is famous for its unspoilt beauty, and is one of the most picturesque areas of countryside in the whole of England – with long sandy beaches, quiet friendly villages, the Simonside and Cheviot hills, well preserved medieval Castles, and gardens (Alnwick Garden should come top of your list!). There are numerous Stately Homes in the area including the fantastic Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland and oft referred to as “The Windsor of the north”. and home of the Duke of Northumberland.
Home of the Percy family for nearly 700 years and considered one of the finest castles in England, Alnwick Castle, the home of the Duke of Northumberland, provides a wonderful day out for all the family.
The Scottish Coast
St. Abbs is on the south east coast of Scotland in the county of Berwickshire. The village of St. Abbs is a community with a rich heritage and a spectacular location. The sea around St. Abbs with its crystal clear water is a well-known scuba diving area. The adjacent headland with its towering cliffs is a noted National Trust Nature Reserve boasting a wide variety of bird life.
The glorious sandy beach at Coldingham Bay recently awarded a Blue Flag is only five minutes’ walk along the cliff top path. The harbour is the true heart of the village. And it’s a great place to spend some time watching the boats coming and going.
An unspoilt corner of south-east Scotland, stretches from Cockburnspath in the north down to Lamberton on the Border with England, has all the best the Scottish Borders can offer – and lots more. Visitors to the area keep on coming back.
With streets steeped in history and a thriving cultural scene, the City of Edinburgh offers the perfect balance between all things traditional and contemporary.