Borders on display in VisitScotland video

St Abbs Head Lighthouse in the Scottish Borders
St Abbs Head Lighthouse in the Scottish Borders

From the rugged coastline at St Abb’s Head to the magnificent abbeys at Dryburgh, Melrose, Jedburgh and Kelso, the animation from VisitScotland brings to life the places at the heart of the region, the outstanding natural produce and diverse array of activities on offer for visitors to the region.

Produced in partnership with Scottish Borders Council, the film takes inspiration from Buchan whose family is strongly linked with the area and who wrote fondly of the region: his parents grew up in Tweeddale and family holidays were spent at Broughton, near Peebles.

From the stunning collection of trees and plants at Dawyck Botanic Garden to the natural beauty of St Mary’s Loch and the magnificent historic houses of Thirlestane Castle, Bowhill House and country estate and Eyemouth’s Gunsgreen House with its smugglers trail, the film shines the spotlight on the greatest assets and icons of the Scottish Borders, as well as some of the hidden gems.

The region’s award-winning mountain bike trails at 7stanes Glentress, Innerleithen and Newcastleton feature in the film as does salmon fishing on the River Tweed and Common Riding festivals.

The area’s links to the textiles and fashion and design industry are also showcased and the abundance of local food and drink just waiting to be sampled, such as Giacopazzis ice cream, adds to the flavour of the area.

Doug Wilson, VisitScotland regional director, said: “This unique film builds on the success of VisitScotland’s Spirit of Scotland global campaign and #ScotSpirit social movement which aims to raise the profile and reputation of the region as an outstanding place to visit, and to invest, live and work in.

“It invites visitors to literally step into the Scottish Borders and discover all that there is on offer.”

Councillor Stuart Bell, executive member for economic development at Scottish Borders Council, said: “Videos are becoming an increasingly popular and successful method to interact with online audiences, and this engaging film aims to celebrate Buchan’s most famous novel and highlight the wide variety of attractions available for visitors in the Borders.

“Also featured is the Borders Railway, which has already proven to be a hugely popular and easy way of seeing the region either for a day or for longer.”

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