Travelling the world is one of my greatest passions in life. Being exposed to different cultures, cuisine and especially climate are some of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences out there, but that does not devalue the amazing times you can have in our very own country.
The British countryside offers some amazing views, picturesque settlements and exciting attractions. My most recent visit to the Scottish Borders and England’s most Northern county, Northumberland, which lies just south of the border, have been a real eye opener as to exactly what our own land can give to travellers.
I started my travels in Bamburgh, a northern fishing town on the Northumberland coast. I stayed with my girlfriend in one of the quaintest Northumberland cottages we could find. It was right on the coast and the views were breath taking. We took in come of the culture by visiting the ancient castle which overlooks this historic town then took a trip over the causeway to Holy Island. Holy Island is an amazing attraction steeped in history and is a site for Christian pilgrimage.
Next we went up the coast to the most Northern town of England: Berwick upon Tweed. There is an amazing history to this ancient walled market town. It changed hands between the English and Scottish so many times in history it bears the charms of both. This is again a fishing town right on the coast and sits on the mouth and famous salmon fishing river The Tweed. They have a holiday camp, golfing, historic tours and many other activities, as well as a multitude of restaurants and bars.
Moving a little inland and over the border we stopped off at Jedburgh. Here we secured, I’m sure one of the most idiosyncratically rural holiday cottages on the Scottish border. It was made from the local brick and oozed the charm of the area.
Jedburgh is home to a large nature reserve, Jedburgh forest. Jedforest Deer & Farm Park is one of the most exciting attractions in the borders and is set in the rolling country side that is home to Jedburgh valley. While we were there we tried our hand at falconry, visited the petting zoo, experienced the amazing wooded adventure playground and took in the breath taking sites that line the Old Mill pond.
Northumberland and the Scottish borders are well worth a visit, there’s something for everyone and the locals couldn’t be more curtious.