1. Go shopping for cashmere

It is no accident that the School of Textiles & Design is based in the Scottish Borders as this has long been a centre for luxury textiles manufacture. Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood have their designs manufactured at the mills just a few miles from the School.  You can arrange to have a tour at most of these mills including Lochcarron of Scotland and Johnstons of Elgin.

2. Get sporty

Coldingham Bay near Eyemouth is a popular spot for a day at the coast and to try your hand at water sports. Or if you would rather stay dry the most popular mountain biking trail centre in the UK is just 10 miles from the School at Glentress.

Interesting fact: Glentress and Innerleithen have hosted the Mountainbiking Enduro World Series for the last 2 years.

3. Get pampered in a castle

Stobo Castle is a health spa within a Scottish Castle. Relax your cares away in tranquil surroundings with luxurious treatments.

Diva heaven: Stobo's famous guests have included film starts and chart-toppers

4. See four remarkable abbeys

The Borders is home to Melrose Abbey, Jedburgh Abbey, Dryburgh Abbey and Kelso Abbey. Take the 50 mile round drive to visit all four of these beautiful sites.

Feeling cultural? Melrose Abbey you can visit the Chapter House, where the heart of King Robert the Bruce is thought to be buried.

5. Visit a literary dwelling

Abbotsford House was the ancestral home of Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist and poet author of "Waverley", "Ivanhoe", and "Lady of the Lake". One of the most famous houses in the world, it reflects the enthusiasms and preoccupations of the man who built it.

Insider tip: take the interactive audio tour (suitable for the whole family) to get the full Sir Walter Scott experience.