Visit Jedburgh: Places to stay, things to do

The Borders region is unfairly overlooked when it comes to rural getaways. Nick Peers aims to remedy the situation.

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Why go there?
The rolling countryside of the Borders serves as a magnificent backdrop to this historic town. Jedburgh is packed full of history and character, from the ruins of its magnificent 12th century abbey to the Mary Queen of Scots house, a bastel dating back to the 16th century. Take a walk along the banks of the River Jed, which winds through the town and provides a unique view of this old settlement.
This weekend sees the mid-point of the annual Jethart Callant Festival, which celebrates the old practice of riding around the town’s boundaries to protect the burgh’s rights with a procession that includes horse riders and pipe players. This weekend’s ride takes in much of the town centre.
Local places worth visiting include the Jedforest Deer and Farm Park and Monteviot House and Gardens. If you’re looking for details of local walks – including access to St Cuthbert’s Way, which runs close to the town – visit the Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre.
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Where to stay
The Spread Eagle Hotel is situated in the heart of Jedburgh, and lays claims to being Scotland’s oldest continually licensed hotel with a history stretching back 500 years. Due to its location there’s no private parking, but there is some limited parking behind the hotel and a number of car parks nearby.
Room prices per night are very reasonable, starting from £49 for a single room and £69 for a double or twin room, with family rooms also available that sleep four (or five including a cot). All prices include breakfast, and the rooms themselves feature complementary wi-fi access, ensuite bathroom and flat-screen TV.
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Where to eat
The Pheasant Bar and Restaurant serve everything from snacks to main courses, all sourced from local ingredients for a reasonable price: typically £5-6 for snacks and £8-15 for mains, with starters and sweets also available.
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Tell us a local secret
The Scottish Borders are themselves a well-kept secret – despite being easily accessible from both central Scotland and the north east of England, they remain sparsely populated, with plenty of clean air, open space and blissful silence for those wishing to escape their hectic lives for the weekend!

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