The Borders and the Southwest

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  • 1. Abbotsford House

    In this great house overlooking the Tweed, Sir Walter Scott lived, worked, and received the great and the good in luxurious salons. In 1811 the...Read More

  • 2. Broughton House

    The 18th-century Broughton House was the home of the artist E. A. Hornel from 1901 until his death in 1933 and remains largely as it...Read More

  • 3. Traquair House

    Said to be the oldest continually occupied home in Scotland (since 1107), Traquair House has secret stairways and passages, a library with more than 3,000...Read More

  • 4. Bowhill

    Home of the Duke of Buccleuch, Bowhill dates from the 19th century and houses an outstanding collection of works by Gainsborough, Van Dyck, Canaletto, Reynolds,...Read More

  • 5. Mary, Queen of Scots Visitor Centre

    This bastel (from the French bastille) was the fortified town house in which, as the story goes, Mary stayed before embarking on her famous 20-mile...Read More

  • 6. Mellerstain House and Gardens

    One fine example of the Borders area's ornate country homes is Mellerstain House, begun in the 1720s and finished in the 1770s by Robert Adam...Read More

  • 7. Moat Brae and the Neverland Garden

    Writer J.M. Barrie was a regular visitor to the Gordon family's grand Edwardian home at Moat Brae. The stories he told their children would eventually...Read More

  • 8. Robert Burns House

    Poet Robert Burns (1759–96) lived here, on what was then called Mill Street, for the last three years of his life, when his salary from...Read More

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