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Just across the border with England, several counties join up as Dumfries & Galloway and Borders, a region in which few northbound travellers ever stop, yet one with superb coastal scenery, a mild climate and uncrowded roads.

The Cheviots roll away to the west from Castle Bar, a popular gateway to the region. These and the heather-clad hills beyond provide extensive areas for gentle hill walking. On the east is a narrow and rugged coast inset with the fine sands of Coldingham Bay and the picturesque fishing ports of St Abbs and Eyemouth, famous for sea angling. In the centre of the country is Melrose, heart of Walter Scott country, for which Galashiels is a popular centre, Hawick, one of the largest Border textile towns and Jedburgh, with its museum housing the death mask of Mary Queen of Scots. Above the vast depression of the Devilís Beeftub near Moffat is the source of the Tweed, one of the most scenic of the countryís many rivers and one of the most rewarding to fish. Further north it provides a beautiful setting for Peebles and nearby Niedpath Castle.

Dumfries and Galloway forming the western half of the region has a coastline that extends some 200 miles between the smithies of Gretna, where runaway couples used to get married, and Stranraer on the northwest. The lovely Solway coast in the south is indented with deep river estuaries at the head of which lie picturesque Newton Stewart, its houses lining both banks of the Cree, Dumfries with its memories of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the colourful market town of Kirkcudbright, dominated by the sixteenth-century MacLellan Castle.

North of Newton Stewart is the vast and hilly Glen Trool Forest Park centred on the 2764ft high Merrick Peak and mirrored in the tiny Loch Glen Trool. Criss-crossed by nature trails, the forest abounds in deer, red squirrel and less common species of birds, including the occasional golden eagle. An accessible yet rewarding vantage point is Robert the Bruceís victory stone.

To the southwest the sandy stretches of Wigtown and Luce Bay are a haven for sailing and sea angling and catches may sometimes even include a porbeagle shark. Whithorn, Sandhead and Portpatrick are good centres in this area, and the sub-tropical gardens at Logan are well worth visiting. Panoramic views follow one another on the cliff top run from Stranraer through Ballantrae to popular Girvan in the north. Inland, owing perhaps to the milder climate, towns and villages seem more cheerful and colourful than in other parts of Scotland.

Campsites are not too plentiful in the region and those that exist tend to be near the larger towns. In the main they are more plentiful on the coast but less frequent inland, especially in the west.

For full details of all parks listed on our website, see the latest edition of Camping Caravanning Britain. Priced at £8.50, the book is available from WHSmith, Waterstone's, Blackwell's and other bookshops; alternatively, to order a copy directly click here.

While every effort has been made to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up-to-date, the publishers can accept no responsibility for errors or omissions. Always phone a park before visiting to check facilities and prices.