The Lowlands encompass the southern half of Scotland between the Highlands and the English border, along with Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen.

This string of towns and cities along what’s known as the Central Belt between the Firth of Forth and the Clyde are home to most of Scotland’s population and is a region rich with history, culture and grand old architecture.

Things turn wild again as you reach England, with vast forests, open moorland and stark hill ranges. The Borders are a place with a dramatic history with the ruins of many castles, abbeys and even towns which date back to medieval border conflicts between the two kingdoms dotting the landscape.

Alongside traditional country pursuits such as fishing and grouse shooting, to which vast estates and stately homes are dedicated to, walking, rock climbing and mountain biking are increasingly popular in the area, the latter thanks to a fabulous network of forest trails across the region. Some of the most famous golf courses in the world can also be found here.

The eastern counties of Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway have a pretty coastline with rocky cliffs and sand beaches which have long inspired writers and artists, and have a charm all of their own.

Scottish Lowlands travel guides