Reasons to visit

Reasons to visit the Scottish Borders!

Reasons to visit the Scottish Borders!

There are dozens of reasons to love it here – check out a few of our favourites.

Abbotsford

Abbotsford

Discover Scott’s ‘conundrum castle’ at Abbotsford, a place where fact and fiction collide. The extraordinary home of the man who gave us the historical novel, popularised tartan and rediscovered Scotland’s Crown Jewels.

Borders Book Festival

Borders Book Festival

Celebrate summer with a visit to one of Britain’s friendliest book festivals, the Borders Book Festival. As well as seeing your favourite authors at their events, there are lots of things to do within Harmony Garden.

Borders Heritage Festival

Borders Heritage Festival

As the Borders’ heritage is a key element of the regions rich and diverse environment, the Scottish Borders Heritage Festival celebrates the past through a wide range of events at numerous locations throughout the Borders.

Born in the Borders

Born in the Borders

Born in the Borders is an extraordinary visitor centre located next to the Scottish Borders Brewery. It brings together the best of everything that is grown, made, spun, produced, cooked and created in the area.

Dryburgh Abbey

Dryburgh Abbey

Perhaps the most beautiful of all the Border Abbeys, the ruins of Dryburgh Abbey are remarkably complete and surrounded by beautiful grounds. The Abbey boasts some of the best Gothic architecture in Scotland.

Duns Castle

Duns Castle

Make your visit to Duns Castle complete with some outdoor activities including croquet, tennis, falconry, fishing, archery, clay pigeon shooting and off-road driving, all of which can be arranged by request.

Floors Castle

Floors Castle

Floors Castle has been welcoming visitors for over 40 years and one of its main attractions is that it is still a family home. This gives the house such life and charm and it sets it apart from most historic houses.

Giacopazzi’s

Giacopazzi’s

Giacopazzi’s is an award-winning fish and chip restaurant, takeaway and ice cream parlour. The modern, bright 50 seater restaurant is the perfect place for you to experience Giacopazzi’s in comfort with your friends and family.

Glentress Forest

Glentress Forest

Glentress Forest is a mountain biking mecca deep in the heart of the stunning Tweed Valley. The biking experience here includes green, blue, red or black graded trails, as well as a magnificent multi-graded free-ride area.

Go Ape

Go Ape

With Go Ape you can enjoy two to three hours in the trees taking on zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings. It’s a hidden gem located in the tranquil Glentress Forest in Peebles.

Hawico

Hawico

In the shop at Hawico you will have the opportunity to purchase previous seasons’ collections at much reduced prices and there is also a viewing gallery which allows you to watch the manufacturing process.

Jedburgh Abbey

Jedburgh Abbey

Explore the fascinating Jedburgh Abbey along with its visitor centre and surrounding herb garden with aromatic plants. The church was built in the Romanesque and early Gothic styles and is remarkably complete.

Kailzie Gardens

Kailzie Gardens

Kailzie Gardens, situated near Peebles in the Scottish Borders, is a stunning garden to visit throughout the year. The gardens are set in peaceful surrounding with its walled and wild gardens and woodland walks.

Kelso Abbey

Kelso Abbey

Wander among the remains of a spectacular example of Scottish monastic architecture. The amazing Kelso Abbey was founded in the 1100s and was one of Scotland’s largest and wealthiest religious houses.

Lochcarron Visitor Centre

Lochcarron

The Lochcarron of Scotland Visitor Centre gives you the unique opportunity to see exactly what goes into the production on the fascinating mill tours and showcases the finished article with over 700 tartans in stock.

Manderston

Manderston House

Manderston is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland. A house on which no expense was spared with opulent staterooms, the only silver-staircase in the world and extensive “downstairs” domestic quarters.

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

The exterior of this magnificent ruin is decorated by unusual sculptures, including hobgoblins, cooks with ladles and a bagpipe playing pig. Melrose Abbey is also thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart.

Paxton House

Paxton House

Paxton House is family friendly, fun and full of treasures, there is something for all ages. Enjoy exploring the grounds and gardens, indulge in a delicious lunch in the Stables Café and treat yourself in the Regency gift shop.

Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre

Get back to nature with a visit to the award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre. In the Discovery Centre control interactive live cameras on the local islands to zoom in on the amazing wildlife in its natural habitat.

Woodside Garden

Woodside Garden

Woodside Garden is home to a large and well-stocked plant centre, filled with plants professionally-grown at its own nursery site. As well as plants sourced from other British growers including the famous David Austin Roses.