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Learning to fly

  • One to one: Jess and Kelvin
  • The use of slo-mo video helps pinpoint areas for improvement
  • Colin practicing his take-off ...
  • ... and Kelvin perfecting his landing
  • Kelvin, Jess and Colin ... big smiles were the order of the day
  • Heading back up the trail for yet another shot
  • Jess taking it to the next level ...
  • Kelvin took some Scottish skills back to Singapore with him

 

When one of Scotland’s leading mountain bike tuition companies offered the chance to join other riders on a course to improve technique and boost confidence on jumps and drops, I couldn’t resist a shot. But, as we all discovered, first we had to unlearn a few things …

It’s not often that you have an opportunity to learn from an elite rider, but that’s exactly what is on offer as we gather at... Read more

Historic houses and gardens – five to try

  • Bowhill House and Country Estate
  • Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott
  • Traquair House
  • Part of the walled garden at Kailzie Gardens
  • The cafe and visitor centre at Dawyck Botanic Garden

As befits an area with such a rich and varied history, the Tweed Valley is home to a variety of historic houses, often with outstanding grounds and gardens. Here are five houses and gardens that you really must visit this summer

Bowhill House and Country Estate

The Scottish Borders home of the Duke of Buccleuch displays an outstanding art collection, with works by Canaletto, Claude, Raeburn, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Ruysdael, while the wider,... Read more

New member profile: Colin Semple Furniture Design

  • Windsor chairs
  • Elm desk
  • Crossover table

 

Visit Tweed Valley is delighted to welcome Colin Semple Furniture Design as its latest local business member. From a studio housed in the old school at Stobo near Peebles, Colin designs and makes an exquisite range of original furniture using locally-sourced Scottish hardwood. We caught up with him to find out more

What do you love most about what you do?

I love the journey from a rough idea that gets refined over time... Read more

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