History all around!
Reminders of our eventful past are never far away.
Deep in the heart of the Scottish Borders, beside winding glens and heathery hills, an enchanting estate awaits you. At the centre is Bowhill House, a magnificent country home reflected in a loch with rooftops framed by forestry.
In addition to a varied programme of exhibitions, Coldstream Museum houses permanent displays exploring the history of the parish, burgh and its people from priory to provost, trade to twinning, and the Coldstream Guards.
Creetown Gemrock Museum
Creetown Gemrock Museum is a celebration of ash’s treasures. A beautiful world-class, world-wide collection of gemstones, crystals, minerals and fossils demonstrating the sheer power and wonder of nature.
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.
Eyemouth Museum is based in the town centre and documents the fishing and social heritage of Eyemouth. As a museum, information centre, exhibition gallery and gift shop you are sure to find at least one reason to visit.
Glen is a farm and residential community hidden in the hills of the Scottish Borders, where a natural refuge of 18th century designed landscape of parkland and woods sweeps up to heather moorland on all sides.
Halliwell’s House Museum
Halliwell’s House Museum is located in the historic Halliwell Close. The museum tells the story of this atmospheric close, which was once the home of many businesses including ironmongers, weavers and shoemakers.
Find out about the fascinating lives of the town’s people at Hawick Museum. There is always something new to see with a lively programme of changing art and museum exhibitions throughout the year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mellerstain House & Gardens
Mellerstain House & Gardens is one of Scotland’s finest stately homes, this Robert Adam masterpiece is a ‘must-see’. Its idyllic location does not disappoint, with acres of parkland, formal gardens and more to explore.
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.
This 65 ft towerhouse was built by a well-known Scottish Borders family in the first half of the 15th century, and today you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside from the battlements at Smailholm Tower.
The Haining is a country house and estate situated in Selkirk, the present house dates from the 1790s. There are various walks around the estate, and the Borders Abbey Way also passes through the estate’s fields.