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Roxburgh Travel Guide - Scotland

Located in the Scottish Borders, the town of Roxburgh has always been an important town in this part of Scotland. During the Middle Ages, it was a centre of trade and rivalled the towns of Edinburgh, Stirling and Berwick–upon–Tweed in importance. It is located in the midst of some of the most fertile agricultural land in the country. The River Tweed played a strategic part in the transport of good and as a defence against an invasion by the English.

Roxburgh Castle was once an imposing structure, standing guard over the area. Today, however, there are only scattered ruins marking the site where it once stood. The capture and recapture of Roxburgh during the Scottish Wars of Independence shows how important the control of this town was. However, the castle was destroyed in 1450 and was never rebuilt. It was about the same time, that the town's importance began to decline. Today the main town in the area is Kelso, which is only about two miles away.

When you visit Roxburgh, there are many places of interest for visitors of all ages. The ancient Hewitts are buried in Roxburgh Church and when you visit Wallace's Tower you can learn about the tragic story associated with this site. It is also called Merlin's Tower and is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of a young maiden that fell from the top of the tower staircase on her wedding day. The walk along the Teviot Riverside from Kelso is a walk where you will experience the spectacular scenery of the area. You will also have a chance to see the plants and wildlife of the region in all their glory.

Roxburgh offers visitors the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of activities. Tee off on the Roxburghe Golf Course, with its signature viaduct 14th hole. The River Tweed offers some of the best salmon fishing in Scotland and you can also get permits to fish in the Roxburghe Trout Pond. Rent a mountain bike and explore the forest paths and the countryside, with its many tracks and trails. Woodland Walks will take you through breathtaking forests and along the bubbling streams.

There are many types of accommodation for you to choose from when you visit Roxburgh. Stay in a luxury hotel or a quaint bed and breakfast, where you will be treated like a member of the family. This is one vacation destination where you will make memories that will last a lifetime.

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