The border towns of Jedburgh and Hawick offer many facilities 15 and 20 miles away including fresh supplies of logs and bottled water. Teviotdale Leisure Centre, Drumlanrig Tower, Wilton Lodge Park, ‘Hissy’ Museum and cashmere/tweed mills in Hawick are well worth a visit. Jedburgh is a particularly attractive ‘toon’ renowned for its 12th century Red Stone abbey and where the Castle Jail Museum and Mary Queen of Scots House are interesting visitor attractions. The bustling market town of Kelso, 17 miles, with its quaint French style cobbled market square is home to one of the four Borders’ Abbeys and offers a wide array of facilities including horse-racing indoor swimming, many charming tea rooms, a lovely Italian restaurant, pubs and an ice-rink, 17 miles. Golfers will enjoy the prestigious Roxburghe course and Springwood Park showground hosts many international horse-riding events throughout the year. The salmon rich Rivers Tweed and Teviot will delight those who enjoy fishing and Floors Castle (which is softly illuminated at night and was recently voted number one in the top five attractions in the Borders) is home to the Duke of Roxburghe. Walkers, horse-riders and cyclists will absorb the wild and lonely beauty along the many miles of bridleways and foot paths – Roman Dere Street is close by as is the end of the Southern Upland Way’s challenging route. Europe’s largest man-made lake of Keilder Water affords outdoor and water sports activities for all. The surrounding area is steeped in Borders’ folklore and tradition. Being situated so close to what was once a fiercely disputed national border line, it was often used as a refuge for those fleeing from one country to the other. In the hills above the village of Kirk Yetholm a ‘Common Gate’ still exists where you can literally step through England to Scotland and back. This disputed land was particularly suited to travellers and Kirk Yetholm itself was the site of the crowning of the last gypsy King and Queen – Charles and Esther Faa Blythe. Dine in the unique Treehouse Restaurant at Alnwick Castle or head south to vibrant Newcastle’s shops or Northumberland’s wild coastline. Take a trip to the world-famous castle of Scotland’s cultural city of Edinburgh, each little over an hour’s drive away.