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Scottish Borders

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Borders is a name of a local government area but as used here it stretches from the Firth of Forth (except for Edinburgh) to the frontier with England. It has some pleasant hill country in the Lammermuirs and some fine coastal scenery but is probably best known for its ruined Abbeys. Its stately homes are also striking.




  • Galashiels
  • Peebles
  • Selkirk
  • Melrose
  • Kelso
  • Hawick
  • Eyemouth
  • North Berwick
  • Duns
  • Greenlaw
  • Chirnside
  • Abbey St Bathans
  • Jedburgh
  • St Abbs
  • St Boswells

It is worth noting that, although North Berwick is in Scotland and Berwickshire is a former county of Scotland, Berwick-upon-Tweed is in Northumberland, England.



Sights and Activities


  • Jedburgh
  • Kelso - no charge but enough to make it worth seeing.
  • Melrose
  • Dryburgh

Stately Homes

There are many Stately Homes

  • The Hirsel - Gardens and estate only but they are great and dogs are allowed. This is the home of the Earls of Home, the fourteenth of whom renounced his peerage to become Prime Minister. He was later made a life peer as Lord Ho me of the Hirsel. (Home is pronounced Hume.)
  • Traquair House - near Galashiels - dates back to 1107.
  • Floors Castle - Kelso - seat of the Dukes of Roxburghe.
  • Bowhill House - Selkirk - seat of the Dukes of Buccleuch.
  • Paxton House - Selkirk - work by Adam and furniture by Chippendale.
  • Thirlstane Castle - Lauder - built 13th century and redesigned as a home in the 16th.
  • Mellerstain House - Gordon - a Georgian house started in 1725.
  • Abbotsford House - Melrose - Sir Walter Scott's house.


  • St Abbs is a delightful village built to the orders of Lord Usher, a brewing magnate.
  • North Berwick is the home of the Scottish Seabird Centre and the place to get a fine speedboat trip around Bass Rock, nesting place of innumerable gannets.




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