THE Scottish Borders has been named by an iconic travel guide as one of the best places in the world to visit in 2023.

In a major boost to the region’s tourism industry, Lonely Planet has included the Borders in its Best in Travel 2023 round-up guide, featuring 30 "must-see" travel destinations across the globe.

Southern Scotland and the Borders earn a place on the prestigious list under the category of places to learn about.

It even recommends visitors head for the Borders – instead of the Scottish Highlands.

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The report reads: “Instead of heading to the Highlands, aim for the Borders and other areas of southern Scotland to learn more about the country’s history and famous residents like Robert Burns.

“With the debate about Scottish independence showing no sign of cooling, exploring the borderlands is a great way to contemplate the future of the entire UK as well.”

Other destinations featured in the category include New Mexico, Marseilles, El Salvador and Dresden.

The only other UK city to be included in the section is Manchester, which was praised for its accessibility and sustainability.

The guide highlights Eyemouth, calling for visitors to “look out for adorable grey seals in the harbour”, and also recommends the historic guest house the Ship’s Quarters.

The independent shops in Kelso and the town’s abbey also get shout-outs, as does Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott.

Visitors are advised to enjoy lobster rolls and delicious cullen skink by St Abbs Harbour.

The guide goes on to recommend would-be tourists to “enjoy a day of fresh air and fantastic food” in Melrose, adding: “Start by fuelling up with coffee and brunch at the small local cafe Apples for Jams, before visiting Trimontium Museum, which tells the story of the vast Roman fort site discovered nearby”.

Other highlights featured in the guide include Traquair House, a trail across the Eildon hills, Jedburgh Castle Jail – and fish and chips from Giacopazzi’s in Eyemouth.

To see the full guide click HERE.