The Sporting Life
For those who enjoy the sporting life set your sat nav for the Scottish Borders.
Whether you prefer to hold a fishing rod, a shotgun or a golf club; to saddle up, hit the saddle or simple pull on a pair of hiking boots – the Borders has got something extra special for you.
The reputation of the River Tweed, Scotland’s second longest river (in spite of the fact that its final four miles flow through England), attracts anglers from all over the world.
Drawing life from a 1,500 sq mile (4,000sq km) catchment area of wild uplands and fertile valleys, the river, flowing 98-miles to Berwick and the sea, fully deserves its sta/p>tus as one of the world’s great salmon and trout fisheries.
St Mary's Loch, the largest natural loch in the Borders Region, is a draw for anglers who prefer fishing for pike.
In the Scottish Borders there are 21 golf courses to choose from including the outstanding championship standard Roxburghe and Cardona courses.
Four golf courses have been named the friendliest in the Borders in the new regional Golf Guide for 2009. The new edition recognises the warm welcome on offer at the 18-hole courses the Hirsel and at Minto and the 9-hole courses at St Boswells and Selkirk.
Over 350km of mature woodland and countryside trails criss-cross the Borders and these are an increasingly popular destination for cyclists, horse riders, mountain bikers and those preferring a more leisurely look at life on foot.
Sweeping moorlands and some of the country’s great estates offer spectacular and abundant opportunities for deer and game.
At Eyemouth on the North Sea coast diving, surfing, sailing and water skiing are all catered for.