An online Big House route through the Borders region

Eleven of the finest historic houses and castles in the Borders now feature in an online guide aimed at heritage enthusiasts.


Dog owners’ Alabama rot warning

Dog owners have been warned to keep their pets away from our rivers and muddy areas - the first case of Alabama rot having been confirmed in the Borders.

A southbound Virgin train at Berwick Upon Tweed railway station on the East Coast mainline

As Virgin East Coast departs LNER arrives

Virgin East Coast will no longer operate the rail service between Edinburgh and London after June 24, this year.

The four divisions have seen an increase in footfall. Picture: Alan Murray

Surge in football attendances at SPFL grounds

More people than ever before are watching Scottish football.

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Eyemuth RNLI lifeboat crew bring a cabin cruiser safely into harbour after it lost engine power entering the harbour.

Rescue ends a regular Saturday exercise for Eyemouth RNLI crew

Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat and its volunteer crew responded to a call for help within minutes of the call going out at 10.30am on Saturday, May 19.

Tweed Forum River Champion 2017 was ''Galashiels farmer Jim Sinclair.

Nominations for Tweed Forum 2018 river champion are open

The search is on in the Borders and north Northumberland for the Tweed Forum’s 2018 River Champion.

The Duke of Roxburghe (left) joins Nathan Dyet and Izzy Becattelli  from Broomlands Primary and Braid Humphreys and Grace Fairbairn from Edenside Primary at the Border Union Showground to hear about preparations for the Border Union Agricultural Society's annual Schools Countryside Day from BUAS chairman, Neil Thomson.

Schools Countryside Day

Next week around 1300 ten year-olds from schools across the Borders will descend on the Border Union Showground for the annual Schools Countryside Day.

Cancelled operations debated

Cancelled operations debated

The high number of cancelled operations at Borders General Hospital was raised in the Scottish Parliament last week.

The Dunbar inshore lifeboat crew rescued an injured kayaker and brought him safely to shore.

Injured kayaker rescued

Dunbar’s volunteer lifeboat crews raced to rescue an injured kayaker after receiving a mayday distress call on Thursday evening, May 17.

SBC ‘stolen’ laptops were sent to NHS Borders by mistake

SBC ‘stolen’ laptops were sent to NHS Borders by mistake

Investigations by counter-fraud watchdogs have found 53 cases of erroneous or fraudulent council tax reductions in the Borders last year.

Edinburgh UK Jul 14 2016; Ali Affleck's Copper Cats launch the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival at the Doubletrees Hilton. credit steven scott taylor / J P License

Passionate examination of the uncrowned queens of the blues

The Gin Mill Genies present the birth of the blues and early trad jazz at Eyemouth Hippodrome on May 25.

Dalziel + Scullion,  John Muir Artists in Residence 2018, with their project, entitled Homing.

Sensory surprises along Dunbar’s John Muir Way

Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion, artists known as Dalziel + Scullion who have recently been announced as the John Muir Artists in Residence 2018, are to call their next project Homing.

Elephant Sessions will play Ma Arts, Galashiels on Sunday, May 27.

Fiery five piece highland band

The inimitable Elephant Sessions will play MacArts, Galashiels on Sunday, May 27.

Gavin and Stuart Harris, flanked by Graham Stewart and Susheila Jamieson, with the limestone sculpture named, Emergence, a memorial to his wife and daughter.

“Emergence’’ stands as a lasting memorial to Aileen

A new sculpture, commissioned by Peebles man Gavin Harris and his son Stuart, is on display at Dawyck Botanic Garden, Stobo.

Abbey Consort cross the Atlantic with their spring concert entitled 'Music of the Americas'.

Wide-ranging concert covers music from the Americas

Abbey Consort cross the Atlantic with their spring concert entitled “Music of the Americas”.

Susie Upton of Jarvis Pickle, Eyemouth,  picking up the top award for Best Meat Pie from Scotland, sponsored by the Scotch Butchers Club.

Eyemouth based Jarvis Pickle expand to make 1000 pies a day

Eyemouth based pie makers Jarvis Pickle haa doubled the size of its headquarters and invested in new machinery to keep up with growing demand for its gourmet products.

Madame Arcati (Kate Lester) tries to rid the Condomine home of its two ghosts.

Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit – what a wonderful farce

When the witty dialogue of Noel Coward is fully appreciated by an experienced cast the audience can just sit back and enjoy.

Greenknowe Tower, Gordon

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John Fowler of Duns sent us this image of Greenknowe Tower, Gordon.

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Walking weekend offers fairy walks and power striding

South Ayrshire Walking Weekend takes place from May 18-20and is an ideal opportunity to experience the best of South Ayrshire through a series of guided walks.

James Anderson, Eyemouth

SBC faces grass root revolt

A new grass-cutting regime has been introduced by Scottish Borders Council and as communities become aware of it there are rumblings of discontent across the region.

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