Discover Scottish Borders
This is a region which is drenched in the blood of countless battles with the English, and its many ruined castles and abbeys bear witness to this. It also has inspired the country's greatest poets and writers such as Robert Burns, John Buchan and Sir Walter Scott. The wildest and most spectacular scenery is to be found in the southern part of the region, but it is along the central valley of the River Tweed, between Peebles in the west and Kelso in the east, where you'll find most of the historic attractions. The hill walking and spa-town atmosphere of Peebles is recommended.
Things to do in Scottish Borders
Old Gala House
Old Gala House is an impressive and unusual building, its history and fortunes spanning five centuries.
St Abb's Head - National Nature Reserve
A breathtaking headland overlooking stunning coastal cliffs, you can't miss this view. Its feathered inhabitants can be seen up close atop this incredible vantage point.
Open to the public, this castle has been maintained and kept dating back to the 13th century. Once a strong bulwark against invasions towards Edinburgh, it belonged to the famous Maitland family for much of its history.
Paxton House is a historic house in Paxton, Berwickshire, in the Scottish Borders, a few miles southwest of Berwick-upon-Tweed, bordering the River Tweed.
Floors Castle is the largest inhabited castle of Scotland and the family home of the 11th Duke of Roxburghe. Built in 1721 for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe, what you see is the evolving story of a house and gardens that successive generations have left their mark.
Founded in 1150, Dryburgh Abbey became Scotland's first house of the Premonstratensian Order and today retains a peaceful atmosphere. Although it has been burned down three times, the chapter house has paintings dating back to its construction and now has some of the best Gothic designs in Scotland.
Dawyck Botanic Garden
Dawyck Botanic Garden is a botanic garden and arboretum covering 25 hectares (62 acres) at Stobo on the B712, 8 miles (13 kilometers) south of Peebles in the Scottish Borders region of Scotland. The Garden is situated in the Upper Tweed Valley, a National Scenic Area.
Kelso Abbey is a ruined Scottish abbey located in Kelso, Scotland. It was founded in the 12th century by a community of Tironan monks first brought to Scotland during the reign of Alexander I.
Hermitage Castle is in a beautiful rural location in Liddesdale and its turbulent history has led to it being described as "the guardhouse of Britain's bloodiest valley". Partially restored in the 19th century, Lord de Soules built the castle in the 1240s.
Abbotshouse is the extraordinary home of Sir Walter Scott, located near melrose in the Scottish Borders. The house is now run by a charitable trust dedicated to raising the profile of Sir Walter Scott's work.
Glentress Forest is a beautiful place to visit for walking, known for some of the best mountain bike trails in the country. Glentress Forest is located near Peebles in the Scottish Borders.
Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve
Grey Mare's Tail is a great example of a hanging valley and is essential for its rare upland plants and wildlife. The region has also a rich human history, dating back to at least the Iron Age. It has close links with the 17th century Covenanters, who used Watch Knowe as a vantage point in the valley to watch for government troops.
Jedburgh Castle Jail
The Jedburgh Castle Jail offers visitors a glimpse of what life looked like in an 1820s prison. You can wander through the original cell blocks, see some of the inmates and their living conditions and follow their stories. Find out why it was considered "the most comfortable prison in Scotland". The building has also earned a reputation as a ghost-sighting location!
The Traquair House is Scotland's oldest inhabited house visited by over 27 Scottish Kings, and Queens Traquair dates back to 1107. Traquair House is located 7 miles southeast of Peebles.
The Great Tapestry of Scotland
The Great Tapestry of Scotland is located in the centre of Galashiels, under an hour away from Edinburgh on the Borders railway. You can discover 420 million years of Scotlands History, heritage and culture. The Great Tapestry of Scotland is one of the most significant community arts projects in Scotland.
Located in the Cheviot Hills, Beirhope provides a stunning backdrop for meeting or hiking with friendly alpacas. Short walks, long walks, meetups, and picnics are all available: a fun and unique way to enjoy the beautiful countryside.