Explore for a Day initiative

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Tourism business owners and their staff are going on a ‘jolly’ next Thursday (August 21) as public bodies seek to promote the area.

Southern Uplands Partnership, Scottish Natural Heritage and the council have set up the day to celebrate launching the Scottish Borders “Explore for a Day” itineraries and leaflets.

The day includes private guided tours of Abbotsford House, Scott’s View, the River Tweed at Dryburgh, Smailholm Tower, Kelso Abbey and the Tweedswood beat and at the end, the opportunity to try fly casting on the Tweed. Lunch and snack stops will include local produce. The leaflet, now in tourist information centres, suggests five itineraries and lists 22 Borders cultural and natural heritage sites.

Included on the list of sites to ‘explore’ are: Hume Castle, Duns Nature Reserve, Edins Hall Broch, The Hirsel Country Estate and St Abbs Nature Reserve.

One of the organisers, Julie Nock said: “We’ve been (working) on the Explore for a Day leaflet for over the last year. We want people to use the free guide to experience a great day out exploring the best of the Border’s natural and cultural attractions.

“People can choose to follow the easy to use itineraries, or create their own day out by using the detailed information provided on local must-see sites as well as some hidden gems.

“It was a difficult process to select which sites to be included - we looked at over 200 attractions in the region – as there is so much to see in the Borders.”

Next Thursday’s outing is the third and final trip, with operators having toured the Tweed Valley and the coast earlier this year.

Julie said the aims of the outings are to increase tourism operators’ knowledge so they can recommend them to visitors and to promote networking as well as local food. She said: “People visiting the area want to taste as well as see the region and evidence suggests that people will pay more for local food and drinks which is good for our local economy.”