Mark Nicol

Historian – Filmmaker – Blogger –
Guided Tours – Group Speaker

My Latest Video / Blog

Romans in the Borders week on Discover Scottish Borders

A week’s worth of my videos on how the Romans lived and influenced the Scottish Borders area.

About Discover Scottish Borders

Discover Scottish Borders is a website and social media stream to showcase an intrepid explorer of the Scottish Borders and the borderland between Scotland and England. I cover the Myths and legends as well as strange places – I also have a love for the wildlife that frequents this area! My website is for everyone who has a connection with the Scottish Borders, whether you live here, have visited (or even want to visit), your ancestors came from here or if you just like the look of this beautiful region!

 

Technically, as it stands today the Scottish Borders is a council areal formed in 1975 – Although my work is not to be confused as solely concentrating on the council area but rather the whole of the Anglo-Scottish border area that has seen some of the most extravagant moments in history of the British Isles
Historically, the term Borders has a wider meaning, referring to all of the burghs adjoining the English border, also including Dumfriesshire and Kirkcudbrightshire — as well as Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland in England.

Roxburghshire and Berwickshire historically bore the brunt of the conflicts with England, both during declared wars such as the Wars of Scottish Independence, and armed raids which took place in the times of the Border Reivers. Thus, across the region are to be seen the ruins of many castles, abbeys and even towns.
The Scottish Borders has seen evidence from Pictish tribes, Roman Strongholds right through to important battles and documented papers that played a vital part of the several Wars of Independence.

Mark Nicol is the driving force behind Discover Scottish Borders, meticulously researching, scouting and presenting his videos that are unique and full of informative information and bringing the Borders Regions history and tales to life that are almost forgotten.
This is all done in Mark’s free time and days off!
 
 
It all started off one day with Mark exploring the local region and producing certain videos that were a way of documenting his explorations with a little bit of a fun element to add to better viewing and in context with Mark’s personality.
Things started to get a bit more serious when, with the near completion of the Borders Railway he decided to research the tourist capabilities of the areas of Galashiels and Tweedbank. This lead to a series of videos for visitors coming off the train to explore, such as walks and places to visit.
This captured a larger audience and viewers and in turn gave Mark a thirst to seek out the history and folklore of the regions in depth. At the time of writing this Mark’s YouTube channel has close to 200 videos each with its own story to tell.
The videos reach out far a field to the like of the USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa where people have a heart in the area from previous ancestors.
Discover Scottish Borders is growing all the time and becoming the hub for information of the Borders Regions.
Recently Mark has appeared in a BBC Regional Broadcast with his own segment telling the tale of the Border Reivers.
Mark is also in demand as a speaker at local community groups where he showcases his self-learnt knowledge.
Also, Mark takes carefully selected visitors to the region who want to explore the area and see for themselves the delights the regions hold.
When starting out and developing Discover Scottish Borders, Mark’s aim was to get people out and visiting these places and seeing for themselves. This can be gauged by the amount of correspondence we receive on the interest of subject matters.
Not only that, Discover Scottish Borders has been the forerunner of encouraging bloggers and YouTubers to produce their own content of their visit to a site and the exploration they have had, leaving a greater footprint of information as so more visitors may enjoy and discover the delights of our region.
In 2018 Mark was a finalist for “Visit Scotland: Scottish Thistle Award” as Regional Ambassador. Which is basically the Oscars of Scottish Tourism.
Things are looking well for Discover Scottish Borders!

More Of My Work

Lost Border Reiver Towers

A man searches for three lost and forgotten Reiver strongholds in the Scottish Borders. All brought to his attention by one passage in an ancient and obscure book.

Death of Paganism in Scotland

A man investigates what potentially could be the first Christian site in Scotland and finds the oldest Christian relic … all signalling the beginning of the end for ancient Paganism.

Not Outlander this is real!

A man investigates stone circles in the Borderlands between Scotland and England, with some dramatic results.

Cycling to History

A man uses a bicycle to reach some 16th century towers in the Scottish Borders, war-torn ancient landscape.

Scotland’s Yew Trees

A man searches for Yew trees in the Scottish Borders at the site of a 6th century abbey Old Melrose. None of these Yews have been recorded before.

Highland Tour pt1

A man from the Scottish Borders visits the Scottish Highlands and ponders which is better

Johnnie Armstrong of Gilnockie

A man notices a similarity between 2 statues in Galashiels and Carlisle.
And then goes on the trail of the most notorious of the Border Reivers, Johnnie Armstrong.

Scottish Border Legends, Kinmont Willie

A man goes on a search for the lost grave of notorious Border Reiver Kinmont Willie Armstrong.

Shorts – Scottish Borders Birds

A short collage of birds in the Scottish Borders in March 2019

Wars of Independance in Galashiels?

A man traces a link between Tweedbank in Galashiels and Caddonlee which was for centuries the muster point of the massed Scottish armies invading England.

The Holiest Place In the Scottish Borders?

A man investigates a mysterious, huge cross prominent on a remote hill side near Peebles.

The Lowland Clearances – Lost Villages

A man talks about the land clearances of the Scottish Borders in the 18th century, and searches for some of the lost, forgotten villages which these created.

Shorts – Scottish Borders Autumn

Scott’s View and Stichill Linn waterfall in the Scottish Borders Autumn

Border Reivers may have used advance technology

Border Reivers may have developed such technologies that aided in their ability to survive and establish a network that may of died with them

Scottish Borders Witch Project

A man investigates the brutal witch hunts carried out in the Scottish Borders in the 1500s. A period in history which has largely been swept under the carpet.

EASTERN (Lothian) ODYSSEY

A man goes on an adventure around East Lothian in Southern Scotland. Looking at ancient hill forts, WW2 submarine wrecks and the notorious Scottish witch hunts.

Christmas Before Christ

A man searches for hill forts and stone circles in the Scottish Borders. The pagan people of the area worshipped the turning of the seasons and the Winter Solstice long before Jesus, but is there any evidence?

Scottish Borders Legends…The Black Douglas

A man talks about the life of Scotlands fiercest ever warrior the Black Douglas.
Also the site of ancient Scottish fortress Roxburgh Castle is investigated.

Falls of Clyde

A man and his daughter visit the spectacular Falls of Clyde in Southern Scotland.

Listen Again – TD1 Radio Interview

My Radio interview on TD1 Radio

What Else Do I Do?

Day and Extended Tours

I operate day tours and extended tours originating in the Scottish Borders and outreaching to the rest of Scotland & parts of England to tell the tales of the Anglo-Scots Borderlands

The Itinerary is customised to aid history buffs, spiritual seekers, family heritage research and general appreciation of the Scottish Borders beautiful landscapes and rolling hills

Group Speaking

I am also available to provide talks for groups who are interested in the history of the Borders Region

As you can see, Mark has a real passion for the unknown and forgotten history and presents his videos in a unique way to engage an audience and bring a fun way of keeping the Borders Spirit alive”

 

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