A stay in the luxurious accommodation at North Bridge Guest House puts you right in the heart of the historic market town of Hawick, amidst the rolling verdant pastures, deep forests and heather strewn hills of the Scottish Borders. This gem of a location is the perfect base from which to discover the history and heritage, beauty of splendour, of this quiet corner of the Scottish Lowlands.
Once a land coloured by the many battles fought between the Scots and the English, the Borders are now a hidden gem for visitors seeking serenity, and a bit of adventure. Hawick, rich in honey colouered sandstone architecture, has played an important role in the fortunes of the region: As an important mill town, the riverbanks are strewn with fine wool and cashmere mills, manufacturing for the likes of Pringle, Brora and Harrods. Hawick Museum and some mills such as Trowmill offer tours, and may even have shops selling, tartan rugs, cloth by the yard, wool by the skein and knitwear seconds.
A walk round the Borders Textile Towerhouse tells the story of the town’s strong ties to knitwear and tweed. The museum is open all year round, with a lively programme of exhibitions and events for the whole family. Admission is free.
Enjoy the festive atmosphere of the Common Riding in mid summer. This ancient tradition, dating back to the 13th century, sees riders trace the outskirts of the town, in a show of protective force against invaders. Common Riding is a tradition performed in all Borders towns and many in Northumberland, including Coldstream, Duns, Galashiels, Jedburgh, Kelso, Langholm, Melrose, Selkirk, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Morpeth.
Visitors to the town will enjoy a trip to the Hawick Museum where one of the finest Borders’ art collections is housed alongside glittering trophies from two legend racing drivers, Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop. The museum is open all year and admission is free.
The Scottish weather can be unreliable so why not have some fun at the Teviotdale Leisure Centre that has everything under one roof, including an outstanding swimming pool and a modern gym with lots of sporting and dance classes.
Venture to the North of Hawick on the A7, and in a little under an hour of gentle driving through spectacular scenery, you’ll arrive at the beautiful Scottish capital of Edinburgh. This grand conurbation is filled to the gunwales with historic buildings, and wonderful discoveries, such as Edinburgh Castle, or the dungeon and ghost tours. Awash with entertainment opportunities at the many galleries, theatres, shops, café’s and restaurants, or just people watching, Edinburgh is enticing, warmly welcoming, and once discovered treasured forever.
To the South of Hawick glimmer the bright lights of Newcastle, the party and entertainment capital of the North East. Enjoy the ambience, galleries and amazing music venues, but most of all Ne
wcastle is a great place to shop with many covered malls. From Wallsend follow the line of Hadrian’s Wall through Newcastle and on to Housesteads, Vindolanda towards its final stones at Carlisle.
The Borders is the ideal location for outdoor sports enthusiasts, with everything from world famous trout and salmon fishing on the Tweed, to diving with jellyfish at St Abbs.
If you prefer something more sedate, relax with a round or two of golf at any one of the many celebrated local courses, bird and wildlife watching, walking, or a spot of painting. Hawick is very family friendly, with plenty to entertain all the family, all year round