The Borders and the Southwest

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Borders and the Southwest - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

Sort by: 20 Recommendations {{numTotalPoiResults}} {{ (numTotalPoiResults===1)?'Recommendation':'Recommendations' }} 0 Recommendations
  • 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. Caerlaverock Castle

    The stunningly beautiful moated Caerlaverock Castle stands in splendid isolation amid the surrounding wetlands. Built in a unique triangular design, this 13th-century fortress has solid-sandstone...Read More

  • 3. Drumlanrig Castle

    A spectacular estate, Drumlanrig Castle is as close as Scotland gets to the treasure houses of England—which is not surprising, since it's owned by the...Read More

  • 4. Floors Castle

    The palatial Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland, is an architectural extravagance bristling with pepper-mill turrets. Not so much a castle as the...Read More

  • 5. Jedburgh Abbey

    The most impressive of the Borders abbeys towers above Jedburgh. Built by David I, king of Scots in the 12th century, the abbey was nearly...Read More

  • 6. Smailholm Tower

    Standing uncompromisingly on top of a barren, rocky ridge in the hills south of Mellerstain, this 16th-century peel tower, characteristic of the Borders, was built...Read More

  • 7. Threave Castle

    Once home to the Black Douglases, earls of Nithsdale and lords of Galloway, Threave's imposing towers reflect well the Lord of Galloway who built it...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Cardoness Castle

    The castle was a typical Scottish tower house, severe and uncompromising. The 15th-century structure once was the home of the McCullochs of Galloway, then the...Read More

  • 10. Globe Inn

    Poet Robert Burns spent quite a lot of time at the Globe Inn, where he frequently fell asleep in the tack room beside the stables;...Read More

  • 11. Halliwell's House Museum

    Tucked off the main square, Halliwell's House Museum was once an ironmonger's shop, which is now re-created downstairs. Upstairs, an exhibit tells the town's story,...Read More

  • 12. Hermitage Castle

    To appreciate the famous 20-mile ride of Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1566—she rushed to the side of her wounded lover, the Earl of Bothwell—travel...Read More

  • 13. Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum

    This building might look like a castle, but it's actually a prison that sits where a castle once stood. Named for the prison reformer John...Read More

  • 14. Kelso Abbey

    The least intact ruin of the four great abbeys, Kelso Abbey is just a bleak fragment of what was once the largest of the group....Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom

    The historic courtroom where Sir Walter Scott presided as sheriff from 1804 to 1832 contains a display examining his life, writings, and time on the...Read More

  • 19. Thirlestane Castle

    This large, turreted, and castellated house, part of which was built in the 13th century and part in the 16th century, looks for all the...Read More

  • 20. Trimontium Museum and Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre

    Its Roman occupation may be one of the least known periods of Scottish history, but this exciting museum, focused on the excavation of the site...Read More

No sights Results

Please try a broader search, or expore these popular suggestions:

There are no results for {{ strDestName }} Sights in the searched map area with the above filters. Please try a different area on the map, or broaden your search with these popular suggestions:

Around the Web