The Borders and the Southwest Sights

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

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Threave Garden

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The National Trust for Scotland cares for the gently sloping parkland around the 1867 mansion built by William Gordon, a Liverpool businessman...

Tolbooth Arts Centre

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In the 17th-century tollbooth (a combination town hall–courthouse–prison), the Tolbooth Arts Centre describes how the town attracted...

Traquair House

  • House/Mansion/Villa

Said to be the oldest continually occupied home in Scotland, Traquair House has secret stairways and passages, a library with more than...

Trimontium Roman Heritage Centre

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Here you'll find such artifacts as tools, weapons, and armor retrieved from the largest Roman settlement in Scotland, which was at nearby...

Waterloo Monument

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The imposing tower is an enduring reminder of the power of the landowning gentry: a marquis of Lothian built the monument in 1815, with...

Waverly Mill, Lochcarron of Scotland

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You can take an informative guided tour of this world-renowned mill and also purchase some of the best woolen goods on offer, from knitwear...

Whithorn Priory and Museum

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The road that is now the A746 was a pilgrims' path that led to the royal burgh of Whithorn, where sat Whithorn Priory, one of Scotland's...

Whithorn Timescape

  • Information Center

This center explains the significance of what is claimed to be the site of the earliest Christian community in Scotland. A museum has...

Wigtown Book Festival

  • Festival–Sight

Held in late September and early October, the 10-day Wigtown Book Festival has readings, performances, and other events throughout town.

Wood of Cree Nature Reserve

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Birders love the Wood of Cree Nature Reserve, managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. In the reserve you can see such...


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