The rolling lowlands of The Borders feature heather-clad hills rising to over 2700 feet, hundreds of square miles of forests and woodland, lochs and river. There is excellent walking and cycling throughout the region, and a long tradition of horse riding.
The forests of the Scottish Borders provide some of the best off-road cycling in the country and mountain bikers are well served in the region, with no less than seven mountain biking trail centres (known as the 7stanes), spanning the south of Scotland. The Borders also has many marked cycle routes and National Cycle Route 1 passes through the Tweed heading for Edinburgh. For walkers the 212-mile Southern Upland Way, Scotland's coast-to coast-route from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath, is a long-distance footpath that takes in hills, lochs and mountains. The 22-kilometre John Buchan Way is a more moderate walk across Peebleshire. Kayaking and canoeing are popular on the River Tweed, Scotland's longest river, where you can spend a leisurely day on the water, or take on the full 70-mile (110km) trip. The Borders tradition of horse riding centres around the rolling hills of the Cheviots and Lammermuirs. The 57 mile Buccleuch Country Ride is a marked route on private tracks, country roads and bridleways.