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Press Release   •   May 22, 2017 14:23 BST

The new hop-on hop-ff bus tour of the Scottish Borders will launch this weekend

This Saturday [27 May 2017], a new open top tour shall arrive in the Scottish Borders, City Sightseeing Scottish Borders.

Part of City Sightseeing Worldwide, and operated by Borders Buses, the hop-on and hop-off tour will allow visitors the opportunity to explore the many historical attractions and stunning views, which are making the Scottish Borders an increasingly popular tourist destination.

Featuring Abbotsford House, Melrose and Dryburgh Abbey, Trimontium Museum, William Wallace Statue and Scotts View, the tour also captures the beautiful rolling countryside while promoting a host of bustling cafes, bars and boutique shops.

The first tour leaves Galashiels Transport Interchange (stance 2) at 10am on Saturday 27 May.

From this date and until Sunday 24 September, the tours will operate every Saturday and Sunday, at two hourly intervals, between 10am and 4pm and 10:20am and 4:20pm respectively. The tour lasts approximately one hour and 30 minutes.

Tickets, which are available from the driver or online, can be used on a hop-on hop-off basis. The tickets include adult £8, £6 concessions/children and £23 for a family.

Sharon Morrison, commercial manager at West Coast Motors, parent company of Borders Buses, said: “We are thrilled to be launching our City Sightseeing Scottish Borders open top bus tour. The Scottish Borders is a beautiful part of the country and its history, which will be clearly visible from our open top bus, makes it such an exciting place for both UK and overseas visitors.

“Travelling on an open top tour bus is not just a wonderful way to travel it also brings the Scottish Borders fantastic story to life.

“We have worked closely with the main attractions and local businesses to ensure we deliver a truly memorable tour, which captures all that is wonderful in the area.

“With frequent bus and rail connections, Galashiels Transport Interchange provides the perfect starting place for both local people and visitors alike.”

Kate Pearson, Scottish Borders Council’s economic development officer for tourism, said: “We are delighted Borders Buses is offering this new hop-on hop-off open top bus service which will take visitors across the Borders in style to some of our most iconic tourist attractions.

“We are seeing increasing numbers of tourists visiting the Borders, and this offering should encourage even more to come and enjoy our scenic area.

“It will also link into the extensive Borders Buses network and Borders Railway with pick-ups at Galashiels Transport Interchange and Tweedbank Station, ensuring as many people as possible get access to this exciting new service.

Manuela Calchini, Regional Partnerships Director for the South of Scotland, said:“The introduction of Border Buses hop-on hop-off bus tour offers the ideal opportunity for passengers to experience the beautiful landscapes, as well as encourage visitors to enjoy some of the best tourist attractions and local businesses along the route.

“The new service demonstrates a real commitment to further enhancing the tourism offering in the Scottish Borders and will be a welcome addition to those visitors travelling to the region this summer.”

Rosamund de la Hey, owner at The Mainstreet Trading Company said:There will be a very warm welcome at The Mainstreet Trading Company for visitors enjoying the sights of the beautiful Borders countryside on a City Sightseeing Scottish Borders open top tour.”

Will Haegeland, owner of Grapevine Coffee House, Gin, Prosecco Bar and Restaurant saidThis is wonderful news for the Scottish Borders. It provides a great opportunity for us to showcase the best of the Borders to visitors. This is a refreshing initiative by Border Buses, and puts the Scottish Borders on the map as a major visitor destination.”

Information about City Sightseeing Scottish Borders, key attractions local walks and places to eat can be found online

Pictured left to right: David Thomson, City Sightseeing Scottish Borders, Rosamund de la Hey,The Mainstreet Trading Company, Will Haegeland, Grapevine Coffee House, Bar and Restaurant, Nicola Irvine, Borders Buses and Duncan Thomas, Borders Railway ambassador

For further information please contact:

Sharon Morrison, e., m. 07495 452 366

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