Autumn Break – Scottish Borders and Northumbria the perfect break

Sorry for the lack of blog posts in the last few weeks. Last week we were on holiday and this week I have been immersed in a Marketing Plan for a client as well as catching up on work and life post holiday.

I love holidays get this trait from my father who no sooner gets back from one holiday than books the next. He is on holiday this week and what did he talk to me about on the phone last night? Yes his next holiday.

I am no different and confess that I proudly beat my dad’s record by booking our 2013 holiday to Harris three days after returning from Lewis this summer as we loved the Hebrides so much. So I am sure I say this about every holiday but I have to say that I love the October week.

This year we decided to stay at home as we had such a busy period both at work and at home in the run up to it that we decided we really couldn’t be bothered with packing up and going away. Also the Scottish Borders is so glorious at this time of year why go away when there is so much autumnal beauty on our doorstep?

So this blog is yet again a promotional plug for the Scottish Borders and Northumbria. For me it is the Borderlands and although beautiful in all seasons autumn showcases the best of the area.

It is easy when you stay at home to take the time to do all these outstanding jobs in the house. We were determined not to do this as we both needed a break and it’s not fair on the kids. We might like the fact that the house is ship shape by the end of the holiday week. But the kids couldn’t care less what they want to do is spend time with you.

So the first day in wall to wall sunshine we climbed the monument behind Harestanes visitor centre and then walked through fields of harvested crops before treating ourselves to a delicious coffee and a cake at Woodside Garden Centre. If you visit I can recommend their lemon roulade it is simply to die for. The next day we took the road to Holy Island perhaps our favourite day trip. For the first time ever we ventured into the castle which I was amazed to find used to be a holiday home! My imagination soared as I imagined staying here for a holiday or even better owning it. The window seat in the main living area was my perfect reading spot looking out to sea. Its Aye Been a great Border saying that we always have lunch in Pilgrims Coffee shop which serves great soups and cakes and very reviving coffee. We then ventured off Aye Been and instead of our usual walk around the Island we found the beach which is sure to become part of our Aye Been Tour in the future. After walking its length and then some to get back to the car we took the car back over the Border to Eyemouth and the obligatory fish and chips which is a must of the day out. The next day we woke up yet again to wall to wall sunshine and turned the car towards Northumbria and headed to Kielder where we had one of the best walks of the year. The blue sky just enhanced the autumnal colours beautifully. We then headed for the very pretty town of Corebridge and the obligatory visits to Corebridge Larder and Re Interiors. Thursday night saw me at the wonderful Heart of Hawick to see the National Theatre Life with “The Last of the Haussmans”. I love being able to see this quality of theatre locally. Friday came all too soon but we were delighted to be able to enjoy a walk to Old Melrose to see the interpretation boards designed by my daughter and her P7 class. Old Melrose is well worth a visit if you are in the area great tea room and farm shop and do take a short walk through the woods to the summer-house by the Tweed where you can learn all about the fascinating history of the area including the monastery and St Cuthbert that used to be there. All courtesy of P7 classes in Newtown and St Boswells. Friday night we were tempted out to our local hotel the Buccleuch Hotel for its bangers and mash night which were just the treat to end the week.

So ended a week at home. Yes the house was more untidy than when we started, yes its taken me another week to almost be on top of the laundry. Yes there are weeds still in the garden. But I don’t care that is for everyday life. Holidays are about making memories. October holidays are about saying a final goodbye to summer (or in this case a hello finally to the sun) and getting yourself ready for the winter.

A week in the Borderlands is always a treat and if you have never been I urge you to visit. If you have but haven’t been in autumn do visit it is stunning. But come and visit and discover that for yourself.


About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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