Coldingham Bay is deemed Scotland’s second best beach


Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Paul Kelly

A Berwickshire beach has been deemed the second best in Scotland in a new travel survey.

A list of the 11 most beautiful beaches has been shared by Time Out, and the travel magazine has chosen a Berwickshire location as the runner-up in the poll.

Coldingham Bay is only kept off the top spot by Luskentyre Sands on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

The beach is described as a “perfectly formed crescent of golden sand wrapped in steep hills”.

The report adds: “Tucked away on the Berwickshire coast between Eyemouth and St Abbs, Coldingham Bay is one of the most Instagrammable shorefronts in Britain”.

“Not least thanks to a braid of brightly coloured beach huts popping in pinks, yellows, turquoises,s and blues among the dunes.

“Its sheltered location makes Coldingham hugely popular with water sports enthusiasts of all different kinds, from body boarders and kayakers to wild swimmers and not least, surfers. Buy or hire gear from St Vedas Surf Shop just up the road.”

Coming in sixth on the list is Portobello Beach in Edinburgh.

To read the full report CLICK HERE.

Borders motoring festival is gearing up to be the best ever


Bvac Classic Launch Celebrating 60years of Mustang. Photo Phil Wilkinson

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Paul Kelly

A Berwickshire castle is hosting a festival next month to mark the 60th birthday of an iconic American car.

The Borders Vintage Auto-mobile Club is celebrating the automotive birthday of the Ford Mustang with a fabulous collection of the famous car at this year’s BVAC Classic at Thirlestane Castle in Lauder on Sunday, June 2.

Described as ‘the Best Classic Car Festival in Scotland’, the BVAC Classic Festival of Motoring is just a couple of weeks away and it’s shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.

60 Years of the Mustang will be the central theme of this year’s show, but more than one thousand vintage and classic vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be making their way to the castle.

The Mustang was introduced by Ford in 1964 as an affordable performance car for the youth market and was an instant success, selling over 22,000 cars on its first day of release.

Originally renowned for their loud, powerful V8 engines and stylish looks, the Mustang has picked up starring roles in numerous movies over the years, most notably the 1968 Steve McQueen movie ‘Bullitt’, featuring what is considered to be the best ever filmed car chase.

Vice chairman of the BVAC, Chris Biggs, said: “It’s no surprise that the Ford Mustang has proven to be such a ‘poster car’ for so many and we are delighted that visitors to this year’s BVAC Classic will be treated to a wonderful castle front display of Mustang’s through the years, with models on show from 1965-2018.

“In addition, we are set to welcome displays from Mustang owners clubs in the main show field and continuing with the American theme, we are also featuring displays of Corvette’s and other eye- catching American muscle cars at this year’s show.

“As well as this year’s central theme, there will of course be extensive displays of stunning veteran, vintage and classic cars and the show has a huge array of superb attractions to keep the whole family entertained.

“There’s a live rally action stage, children’s play zone and activities, BMX stunt displays, pipe band shows and an artisan food and Drink Village to keep visitors fuelled throughout the day.”

Additionally, there will be veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, commercial, agricultural, military, steam and American classes on show.

Tickets can be booked online at an advanced ticket price of £12.50, available to visitors who purchase before May 30. Under 16’s, accompanied by an adult, can enjoy free show access and tickets will also be available to purchase on the day, for £15. Well behaved dogs will also be welcome. The show gates will open at 11am and the event will close at 5pm.

Full ticket information and purchases can be made via

Early bird tickets now available for Vogrie Pogrie 2024

Vogrie Pogrie

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Vogrie Pogrie, the annual celebration of creativity, innovation, and community spirit, is back for its fourth consecutive year from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September 2024 at Vogrie Country Park.

Early bird tickets are now on sale, offering attendees the chance to secure their spot for a weekend filled with open-air performances, creative happenings, and the unmistakable magic that only Vogrie Pogrie can offer.

Vogrie Pogrie invites individuals of all ages and backgrounds to join in the festivities, whether flying solo, with family, or accompanied by furry friends. The event promises a welcoming atmosphere where everyone can find their Pogrie.

Attendees can look forward to convenient transportation options, including a FREE Shuttle Bus running from Gorebridge Railway Station, making it easier than ever to reach the festivities.

Entry: is FREE for those arriving on foot, by bike, or via the shuttle bus. For those arriving by car, parking is available at £5 per vehicle, encouraging attendees to fill their cars and carpool to minimise environmental impact.

Camping enthusiasts can secure their spot with Early Bird Camping tickets starting at £30 for adults and £5 for kids, offering a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in nature throughout the weekend.

As part of Vogrie Pogrie’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the festival has implemented various initiatives to minimise its ecological footprint. From using small structures made of natural and reused materials to favouring interactive performances, Vogrie Pogrie strives to celebrate creativity in harmony with nature.

Vogrie Pogrie embodies values of inclusivity, creativity, and environmental stewardship, offering a platform for individuals to discover and embrace their unique creative spirit while leaving a positive impact on the community and the world.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit