If you're only in the region for 48 hours...
You can pack a lot into a couple of days – try this itinerary to make the most of it.
Dawyck Botanic Garden
There are treasures in every season at Dawyck Botanic Garden, from swathes of snowdrops and daffodils in early spring to spectacular displays of azaleas, rhododendrons and pools of meconopsis in early summer.
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.
Hermitage Castle is found in a beautiful location in Liddesdale. The castle also has a romantic past, with the Mary of Queen of Scots visiting her secret lover, the 4th Earl of Bothwell here when he was injured and on his sickbed.
Mary Queen of Scots’ Visitor Centre
Mary Queen of Scots’ Visitor Centre is located within a 16th century towerhouse, set in a pear tree garden in the heart of Jedburgh. Explore the town’s connections with Mary Queen of Scots at this fascinating visitor centre.
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.
Stobo Japanese Water Garden
Stobo Japanese Water Garden is a beautiful, secluded woodland garden. While water is probably the main feature of the garden, the layout echoes facets of a more conventional Japanese garden.