Olympics put Borders in global spotlight

A GROUP of international journalists who were in London covering the Olympics headed to the Borders following the Games to sample some of the very best that the region has to offer.

In a press trip put together by VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation, journalists from Italy, India and China stayed at Fauhope Country House, Melrose. During their stay in the Scottish Borders, the journalists took part in a variety of creative activities as part of the Year of Creative Scotland.

The journalists visited Johnston Textile Mill in Hawick, Locharron of Scotland Tartan Mill and Bowhill House and Country Estate - home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch.

They also enjoyed a preview of the newly opened Abbotsford Visitor Centre as well as a guided walk from Dryburgh Abbey along the banks of the Tweed.

Paula McDonald, Regional Director at VisitScotland, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the Scottish Borders to gain more international exposure. It is a region steeped in history and creativity and, in the Year of Creative Scotland, it is a great time to show the world exactly what we have to offer.”

Zhang Wei, a journalist with Shanghai-based Jiefang Daily, said: “I had an amazing time in the Scottish Borders, which I enjoyed most during my entire trip to Britain. I look forward to bringing my family here in the future.”