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The rounded hills and rugged peaks around the great Abbeys, castles, and battlegrounds all sing the story of Scotland. Some of the greatest dramas in Scotland’s history were played out in the south.

Southern Scotland is a blend of alluring landscapes, homes, and castles. Many of these ancient buildings exist only in fortified or ruined form because of the frontier wars that began in the late 13th century. Dumfries and Galloway bore the brunt of more history than seems possible. And, it was in Southern Scotland that Robert the Bruce’s guerilla army defeated the English at Glen Trool in 1307.

Southern Scotland has an terrific mix of landscapes and small towns with character and style. People heading to Edinburgh, Glasgow or the Highlands often whiz through the south, losing the magic of its secret and beauty. The area is rich in talented people, too, particularly those known for textiles and literary achievements. (Look for a rare book store. There are treasures to be found!)

The hills around Glen Trool, Dumfries and Galloway are dramatic. The Border hills are less rugged and offer views that are postcard-perfect. The coast has a string of holiday resorts, and it’s a perfect countryside to drive through, unhurried. Pass by St. Abb’s Head in the east. It is one of Scotland’s most important wildlife preserves.

Southern Scotland may be exactly what you need to gear up before hitting the big cities, or for winding down after you’ve been charmed and entertained among many. Soak up the history, hills and delights.

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