The 21st Festival, a week long celebration of walking and the Borders countryside will be hosted by Galashiels from 6th to 12th September
Gala Water shall not hold me –
Tho’ its mem’ries fair enfold me –
Nor many-gabled Abbotsford, so stately and so still;
For I’ll hasten to the vision
Of a valley fair, Elysian,
And gaze on Scotland’s Eden from the spur of Gala Hill.
Excerpt from The Borderland by Roger Quin. Read the full poem and a small selection of others here