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The Scottish Borders: Ruined Abbeys and Fascinating History

We spent the last four nights of our Scotland trip in autumn last year in the Scottish Borders. Staying in a rustic cottage near the town of Selkirk, we were not only close to the main attractions, the Scottish Borders abbeys, but also to England. We had spent most of our trip driving around the north coast of Scotland. The Scottish Borders were definitely a nice change of sceneries and pace.

There were so many Scottish Borders attractions that I wanted to see. Unfortunately some of them were already closed for the season in mid-October. I really should have done a better job researching the Scottish Borders attractions before our visit. We seem to have missed a lot of amazing sights! Admittedly, we only had one full day to explore the region and most if not all attractions had shorter opening hours in October (if open at all). We did thoroughly enjoy the few that we managed to visit.

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Scotland in Autumn: The Grand Road Trip Plan

We had to cancel our April trip to France and Iceland due to a cancer scare, but now we have decided to visit Scotland in autumn instead! I figured we should go somewhere else later in the year to celebrate the non-cancer diagnosis and the husband’s milestone birthday.

Our destination shortlist included Iceland (again!), Wales, the Azores, and Scotland. A trip to Iceland ended up being too expensive for our liking. Wales was too fussy. The Azores seemed lovely and was the cheapest destination of all, but in the end, I decided to save it for another time.

After doing tonnes of research, I found out that Scotland is actually less expensive than Iceland–at least in terms of accommodations and car rentals–and is just as stunning. Plus, the husband loves Scotland. He went there 13 years ago and still couldn’t stop talking about it. Scotland it is then!

The following is how we planned our trip.