Scottish Borders

Eyemouth harbor

This is a region which is drenched in the blood of countless battles with the English, and its many ruined castles and abbeys bear witness to this. It also has inspired the country's greatest poets and writers such as Robert Burns, John Buchan and Sir Walter Scott. The wildest and most spectacular scenery is to be found in the southern part of the region, but it is along the central valley of the River Tweed, between Peebles in the west and Kelso in the east, where you'll find most of the historic attractions. The hill walking and spa-town atmosphere of Peebles is recommended.

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  • Beauty Spots

    There are a number of wildlife reserves in the borders that are recommended as beauty spots in addition to the stunning scenery to be found along the Tweed valley: Pean Dean near Pease Bay, Duns Castle, Gordon Moss near Gordon, Hare and Dunhog Mosses near Selkirk, and Whitlaw Wood near Hawick

  • Museums and Art Galleries

    There are a couple of Art Galleries worthy of your consideration: The Flat Cat Gallery, The Kittiwake Gallery, The Tom Davidson Gallery and The Vennel Gallery. There are also a number of smallish museums throughout the Borders - most of the towns have their own to display artifacts from various pillaging expeditions of the past! Private House Stays has identified the following: The Coldstream Museum, The Eyemouth Museum, Halliwells House Museum, The Hawick Museum, The Jim Clark Room, The John Buchan Centre, The Liddesdale Heritage Centre, The Mary Queen of Scots Visitors Centre, The Melrose Motor Museum, The Melrose Teddy Bear Museum, The Museum of Border Arms, Sir Walter Scotts Courtroom, St Ronans Wells - Innerleithen, The Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre, The Tweeddale Museum and The Trimontium Museum.

  • Birdwatching

    Since it is one of the most accessible and spectacular bird watching locations in Scotland, St Abbs Head must be given its own entry. Other reserves include: Bemersyde Moss (for black-headed gull, sedge warbler, grasshopper warbler, wigeon, greylag geese, mallard, tufted duck, teal, pochard, shoveler and goldeneye), Hoselaw Loch and Din Moss (goosander, pink-footed and greylag geese), Tetland Loch (whooper swan, pink-footed geese and teal).

  • Ancient Castles

    The Borders is a great area for finding interesting ancient castles, some still functioning dwellings and others ruined from begone wars against the English. However ancient castle sites are nearly always in interesting locations and many of the ruined ones can be visited for free. In addition to those with links below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Neidpath Castle, Dryhope Tower, Ferniehirst Castle, Greenknowe Tower, Hume Castle, Roxburgh Castle and Tinnis Castle.

  • Gardens

    The Gardens in the Borders that Private House Stays recommends for visiting are linked below but also include: Bowhill Country Park, Floors Castle, Manderston, Mellerstain House, Paxton House, Traquair House, Mertoun gardens, Monteviot House gardens and Wilton Lodge Park.

  • Churches

    There are some significant churches, Abbeys and religious sites across the whole Borders. In addition to those linked below, Private House Stays also mentions Peebles Cross Kirk and Soutra Aisle for your consideration.

  • Hill Walking

    The Borders is a large area crossed by the Southern upland way and the beautiful Tweed river. Some of the walking, particularly around Peebles and along the Tweed valley is simply wonderful. However Private House Stays has identified a few beauty spots for your consideration: Glentress forest Trails, Eildon Walk, Duns Castle reserve, Byreburn Wood Forest Walks, Cardrona Walks, Craik Forest Trail, Lindean Reservoir Nature reserve, Scotts View, Thornielee Forest Walks and The Union Suspension Bridge.

    • Mansion Houses

      Mansion houses open to the public often have fantastic gardens that go with impressive interiors or significant architecture. You will often find in them some valuable furniture, paintings, huge tapestries and examples of curios that illustrate life from previously opulent times. In the case of Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, the house is more of a museum dedicated to his work and is particularly odd in that it was Scott himself who designed it this way. Apart from those with links below, Private House Stays also recommends: Bowhill Country Park, Manderston, Mellerstain House, Traquair House and the Hotel and Spa at Stobo Castle

    • Mountain Biking

      Glentress Forest is one of the top destinations for Mountain bike trails in Scotland

    • Entertainment

      There are four venues in the Borders that Private House Stays recommends for entertaining children: Eascote House Archery Centre, Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, Jedforest Deer and Farm Park and The Hirsel Country Park

    • Monuments

      Although it is unlikely that any Monument would be a sufficient attraction to warrant an expedition on its own, they can be quite interesting, located in spectacular spots and be valuable for combining with visiting other things. There are a number of such monuments, statues or commemorative locations in the Borders which include the following: Duns Scotus Statue, Flodden Monument, James Hogg Monument, James Thomson Obelisk, Marjoribanks Monument, Rhymers Stone Viewpoint, Ruthwell Cross and The Waterloo Monument.

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