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Scottish Borders:  Accommodation

The Scottish Borders is an area often overlooked by visitors to Scotland and yet there are treasures for all to find. The area has a rich - and at times, bloody and violent - history. The four Border abbeys, at Jedburgh, Melrose, Dryburgh and Kelso are each testament to that heritage, but there are also numerous castles, churches, towers and other ancient monuments to hold your interest.

There is a dramatic coastline which includes craggy cliffs, such as those at St Abbs Head, but also quiet and secluded beaches and coves. Inland, the coastal plains give way to the Lammermuirs, the northern end of the Pennines and, further west, the Southern Uplands and some wild and more remote mountain terrain.

The Tweed Valley has recently been given Forest Park status and there is a wide variety of outdoor activities on offer right around the region. The Southern Upland Way cuts through the region to finish on the coast at Cockburnspath. St Cuthbert's Way is a popular walking route and the northern end of the Pennine Way is at Kirk Yetholm. Cyclists have The Tweed Cycle Route and the Border Loop. National Cycle Route 1 passes through the region on its way from Berwick to Edinburgh.
 

The Eildons from Scott's View

Historic Buildings and Castles:

Jedburgh Abbey

Jedburgh Abbey

Magnificent building; the abbey was founded in 1138. Visitor centre.

Neidpath Castle

Peebles. In a setting high above the River Tweed, this imposing castle has been featured as a location in a number of films.

Traquair House

Said to be the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland. Restored working brewery.

Melrose Abbey

The remains date back to the 14th-16th centuries. A casket, believed to contain the heart of Robert the Bruce is buried within the grounds.

Abbotsford House

Between Galashiels and Melrose. Built by the novelist Sir Walter Scott in a superb situation on the banks of the Tweed. Collections of rare historic artifacts and books.

Floors Castle

Floors Castle

Kelso. Largest inhabited castle in Scotland. Home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburgh.

Thirlestane Castle

Lauder. Home to the Earls of Lauderdale. Exhibitions, woodland walks, picnic area, adventure playground, coffee, lunches and teas.

Hermitage Castle

Hermitage Castle

Near Newcastleton. Imposing castle in a wild, and sometimes bleak, setting.

       

Museums and Galleries:

Halliwell's House Museum

Selkirk. The town's oldest dwelling now houses the museum and the Robson Gallery.

Eyemouth Museum

Farming and fishing industry heritage and exhibitions.

Coldstream Museum

Local history, exhibitions, gallery, picnic area in courtyard. The story of the Coldstream Guards.

Old Gala House

Galashiels. The house dates from 1583 and is now an interpretive centre with displays and exhibitions. Tearoom.

Liddesdale Heritage Centre Museum

Newcastleton. Tells the story of Liddesdale and also has a collection of memorabilia from the former Waverley railway line.

     
       

Parks and Gardens:

Bowhill House and Country Park

Bowhill, near Selkirk. Home to the Dukes of Buccleuch. Woodland walks.

Kailzie Gardens

Near Peebles. Walled gardens, greenhouses, plants for sale, art gallery, tearoom and restaurant.

Hirsel Country Park

Coldstream. Gemstone museum, craft workshops, children's play area, gallery and tearoom.

Dawyck Botanic Garden

Stobo, near Peebles. Woodland walks among magnificent trees. Conservatory, refreshments, plants for sale and gifts.

Mellerstain House

Between Gordon and Kelso. Formal gardens and grounds. The house contains period furniture and an art collection. Mellerstain is reputed to be the finest William and Robert Adam house in the Borders.

Paxton House

Paxton, near Berwick on Tweed. Gardens, walks and adventure playground. The house was built in the 18th century and has a fine collection of paintings.

       

Visitor Attractions:

Tweed Valley Forest Park

Includes a number of forestry areas in the valley which have waymarked walking and cycling trails, downhill cycling facilities and picnic areas.

Trimontium Exhibition

Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose. Exhibition of what life was like in the nearby Roman outpost of Trimontium. Artefacts, replicas, guided site walks.

Manderston House

Near Duns. Sumptuous staterooms and the only silver staircase in the world. Immaculate gardens and lake.

Drumlanrig's Tower

Hawick. Visitor centre interprets Hawick's turbulent history from Medieval times using the latest multi-media.

Lochcarron Cashmere & Wool Centre

Galashiels. Tours of the cashmere woollen mill. Museum and mill shop.

Jedforest Deer & Farm Park

Near Jedburgh. Activities, exhibitions and countryside walks. Gift shop and tearooms.

Selkirk Glass Visitor Centre

Selkirk. Glassblowing demonstrations, displays, shop and cafe.

 
       

Tours:

Walking

Make Tracks Walking Holidays. Luggage transfers for Southern Upland Way and St Cuthbert's Way

Mountain Biking

Bikesport, in Innerleithen, organise guided mountain bike tours and bike hire. Uplift facilities and access to downhill tracks are available in nearby forest.

Walking

The Way Forward offers baggage transfers and backup services to walkers and other users along the entire length of the Southern Upland Way.

Archaeology

Archaeological Tours Alba organise archaeological and cultural tours led by professional archaeologist and tour guide. Tailor-made itineraries from 1 to 14 days.

       

Walking

Middlemarches Guided Walks. We provide guided walking holidays of 1 - 5 days in the beautiful Scottish Borders (southeastern Scotland, northern half of UK).

Based in Hawick there is a choice of short, medium or long walks and the cost is 21 UK pounds per day.

 

 

 

       

Car Hire:

Bruce Motors

Hawick.

David Harrison

Peebles.

David Harrison

Galashiels

       

Selected Accommodation in Scottish Borders
 

Hotels

Guest Houses

Bed & Breakfast

Tweed Valley Country House Hotel, Innerleithen
Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, St Boswells
Spread Eagle Hotel, Jedburgh
Philipburn Hotel, Selkirk
Castle Venlaw Hotel, Peebles
Wheatsheaf Hotel, Swinton
Cringletie House Hotel, Peebles
St Ronans Hotel, Innerleithen
Elm House Hotel, Hawick
St Vedas Hotel, Coldingham
Red Lion Hotel, Earlston
Salmon Inn, Galashiels
Castle Hotel, Coldstream

The Glenholm Centre, Broughton
Watson Lodge, Galashiels
Glede Knowe, Innerleithen
Torview House, Peebles

Green Hope B&B, Ellemford, Duns
Abbeyside B&B, Kelso
Duncan House, Kelso
Brimham House, Kelso
The Old Priory, Kelso
Edenbank House, Kelso
Castle Cottage, Ayton, Eyemouth
Mansefield, Greenlaw
Kenmore Bank B&B, Jedburgh
Lornebank, Lauder
Farmhouse Mill, Kirk Yetholm
Primsidemill Farm, Yetholm
Glenacre, Jedburgh
Whitchester, Hawick
Maines North Lodge, Chirnside
Hundalee House, Jedburgh
Dunfermline House, Melrose
Rowanbrae, Peebles
Old Bank House, Melrose
Broomfield House, Earlston
Tweedholm House, Walkerburn
Haymount B&B, Birgham
The Rambleshack, Coldingham
Sorbietrees, Newcastleton
Auld Skuil B&B, Ashkirk
Old School, Eckford
Broomhill House, Ashkirk
Garth House, Coldstream
Sunnycroft Farmhouse B&B, Selkirk
Birches Boutique B&B, Hawick
16 Market Place, Lauder
Solus B&B, Galashiels

Self Catering

Caravans

Hostels/Bunkhouses

Cavers Knowes Farmhouse, Bonchester Bridge
Dimpleknowe Cottage, Lilliesleaf, Melrose
Overwells Country Cottages, Jedburgh
Turret House, Kelso
Tweed Cottage, Jedburgh
Syntonmains Cottages, Ashkirk
Plum Brae Barns, Kelso
Edmonston House, Kelso
Hendersyde Farm Cottages, Kelso
Cardrona Flat, Peebles
Havannah Court, Kelso
Pavilion Cottage, Melrose
Bothy at Orchard Walls, Traquair
Duncan House, Kelso
Loch ma Ben, Innerleithen
Newstead Mill, Melrose
Thirlstane Castle, Lauder
Steadings Cottage, Bonchester Bridge
Herring Queen Apartment, Eyemouth
No 9 Galabank, Stow
Innerhaven, Innerleithen
Girnick Cottage, Kelso
Tweedsmuir Cottage, Broughton
Hawthorn Cottage, Coldingham
Thatched Cottage, Polwarth, Duns
Barony Knoll, Kelso
Glenview, Kirk Yetholm
Coach House, Chirnside
Central Guest House, Kelso
Dunrovin Cottage, Denholm
Northgate Vennel, Peebles
Bank View, Chirnside
Sunnyside Cottage, Lilliesleaf
Melrose Holiday Rentals, Melrose
Little Swinton Cottages, Coldstream
Glebe House, Hownam
Stichill Mains, Kelso
Traquair Arms Cottages, Innerleithen
Croft Loft, West Linton
Little Bethel Cottage, Coldstream
Number 4 Cottage, Jedburgh
Courtyard Cottage, Duns
The New Farmhouse, Broughton
Lilac Cottage, Stow
Old School, Eckford
Goshen Cottage, Kelso
Deloraineshiel, Hawick
Near Bank Cottage, St Abbs
Carriage House, Coldstream
Meadow Lodge, Coldingham

Holiday Caravan, Peebles

 

 

 
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