The Borders

Stunning and Captivating.

The Union of the Crowns of England and Scotland in 1603 brought peace to the Borderlands.

Prior to this, and even beyond for a period, the area was one of a turbulent nervousness for those who called this area home.

Indeed, the town of Berwick upon Tweed, less than 15 miles away, changed hands 14 times between the English and Scottish armies before finally settling on the southern side in 1482.

The area is now regarded as some of the most scenic countryside in Britain, although at one point Norham, again a short distance away, was described as “-the most deadly place in Britain.”

Tweed acted as the lifeblood of the region for many years, and is again providing a revenue stream ( excuse the pun! ) to the tune of around £4 million per annum ( Mackay, 2003 ). This is fitting as Tweed acts like an artery on the border between England and Scotland for many miles, providing clear, wonderful waters and a fish run that is world renowned.

Agriculture remains the most visible of industries in the area, although diversification is a trend that continues to gain traction and account for some fine cultural and delightful attractions. Local food producers have also shown their hand gaining national acclaim. Brands such as Doddington Dairy, Heatherslaw bakery and The Northumberland Cheese Company are leading lights in this respect.

We are situated approx 1 hour and 15 minutes from both Edinburgh and Newcastle, and these cities are readily accessible by both train and car. Both are worth visiting in their own right, and would make for a good day out away from the tranquil surroundings of the Collingwood Arms.

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