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Scottish Borders

4.3
Ruins · Gardens · Castles
Soaked in a history of often gruesome land disputes, the Scottish Borders once had a reputation for banditry and lawlessness. Today, the region is best known for its stunning landscapes, summer festivals, and friendly locals. Tourists often overlook this area on their way to Edinburgh or farther north. The region features a multitude of historic sites, including old castles and abbeys, many of which were built during the worst years of the territorial wars by kings keen on developing their lands. When you visit, you may notice that most locals speak dialects incomprehensible to non-natives, but you are unlikely to have communication problems, as they also gladly speak in plain English. Plan the details of your Scottish Borders holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use United Kingdom journey maker tool.
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Popular things to do in Scottish Borders

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Don Coyote Outdoor Centre ©
Fun & Games
Don Coyote Outdoor Centre Lamancha
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Glentress Forest ©
Biking Trail
Glentress Forest Peebles
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Stobo Castle Health Spa ©
Spa
Stobo Castle Health Spa Stobo
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Melrose Abbey ©
Ruin
Melrose Abbey Melrose
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Scottish Borders

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Jedburgh Abbey ©
Ruin
Jedburgh Abbey Jedburgh
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Floors Castle & Gardens ©
Castle
Floors Castle & Gardens Kelso
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Dryburgh Abbey ©
Ruin
Dryburgh Abbey St. Boswells
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Greenknowe Tower ©
Historic Site
Greenknowe Tower Gordon
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Scottish Borders

Wilton Lodge Park ©
Park
Wilton Lodge Park Hawick
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Eildon Hills ©
Landmark
Eildon Hills Melrose
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
7stanes - Innerleithen
Biking Trail
7stanes - Innerleithen Innerleithen
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Velvet Hall Alpacas ©
Wildlife Area
Velvet Hall Alpacas Innerleithen
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in Scottish Borders

Tweed Valley Railway Path
Biking Trail
Tweed Valley Railway Path Peebles
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Tweed Valley Railway Path
Biking Trail
Tweed Valley Railway Path Cardrona
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
The Meldons ©
Biking Trail
The Meldons Eddleston
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Haughhead Stables ©
Equestrian Trail
Haughhead Stables Innerleithen
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Scottish Borders

Mary Queen of Scots' Visitor Centre ©
Garden
Mary Queen of Scots' Visitor Centre Jedburgh
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Hawick Museum ©
Park
Hawick Museum Hawick
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Springwood Park Show Ground ©
Park
Springwood Park Show Ground Kelso
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
The Teviot Smokery and Water Gardens
Garden
The Teviot Smokery and Water Gardens Kelso
2.9
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Scottish Borders

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Old Gala House ©
Art Museum
Old Gala House Galashiels
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kinsman-Blake Gallery ©
Art Gallery
Kinsman-Blake Gallery Kelso
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Halliwell's House Museum ©
Art Gallery
Halliwell's House Museum Selkirk
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Moy Mackay Gallery ©
Art Gallery
Moy Mackay Gallery Peebles
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Rutherfords Micropub ©
Nightlife
Rutherfords Micropub Kelso
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Abbotsford House ©
Architectural Building
Abbotsford House Melrose
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Coldingham Sands
Water Body
Coldingham Sands Coldingham
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Eyemouth Harbour ©
Wildlife Area
Eyemouth Harbour Eyemouth
4.2
Duration: 2 hours