The Scottish Borders
Fought over for hundreds of years in the Wars of Scottish Independence, the Scottish Borders is now a calm area renowned for walking, fishing, rugby and the outdoor life. Perhaps the Borders' most famous literary son is Sir Walter Scott, Scotland's first great novelist. His house, Abbotsford, is now a site of literary pilgrimage. John Buchan (latterly the 1st Baron Tweedsmuir), is also from the Borders, where he was in charge of Broughton Free Church. Hugh MacDiarmid was born in nearby Langholm, and lived in the Borders for a time.