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 Castle

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This castle was an early home of the Black Douglases, who were the earls of Nithsdale and lords of Galloway. Not to be confused with...

Threave Gardens

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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 tells about the town's most famous...

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...

Whithorn Priory

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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 Story and Visitor Centre

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The Whithorn Story and Visitor Centre explains the significance of what is claimed to be the site of the earliest Christian community...

Wigtown Book Festival

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The 10-day Wigtown Book Festival, held in late September and early October, has readings, performances, and other events around town.

Wood of Cree Nature Reserve

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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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