The River Tweed, named after its association with Tweed cloth, is a river that crosses the border between Scotland and England. The river is popular with fisherman due to its salmon-rich waters.
If you’re looking for a dramatic countryside paddle, the Tweed can certainly deliver. Sections of the river carve their own path through the jaw-droppingly beautiful Southern Uplands and moorland.
It makes it a superb spot for nature lovers most of the year round. There are also areas of low grade white water along this river.
Paddle through history on the River Tweed
It is also a history packed paddle. It is a river with a long history of conflict. The defeat of the Northumbrians in 1018 led to the first demarcation of the river Tweed as the border between Scotland and England.
Meanwhile, above the river, just west of Peebles, lays Neidpath Castle. This was attacked by Oliver Cromwell. It required the longest assault on any stronghold south of the river Forth to force it to surrender.
If you fancy a short walk, on the hillside above Dryburgh, you’ll find the Wallace Monument. This statue of the Scottish hero William Wallace stands over 20ft high and was erected in 1814.