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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Abbotsford House

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In this great house overlooking the Tweed, Sir Walter Scott lived, worked, and received the great and the good in luxurious salons. In...

Bladnoch Distillery

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On the banks of the River Bladnoch, this is Scotland's southernmost malt-whisky producer and one of just six remaining Lowlands distilleries...


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One of the country's largest secondhand bookstores, the Bookshop offers temptingly full shelves. The narrow entrance, flanked by two...

Borders Textile Towerhouse

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In the former Drumlanrig Tower, this museum includes a good exhibition about the textile industry, once the lifeblood of the Borders.


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Home of the Duke of Buccleuch, Bowhill dates from the 19th century and houses an outstanding collection of works by Gainsborough, Van...

Broughton House

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The 18th-century Broughton House was once the home of the artist E. A. Hornel, one of the "Glasgow Boys" of the late 19th century. Many...

Burns House

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Poet Robert Burns lived here, on what was then called Mill Street, for the last three years of his life, when his salary from the customs...

Caerlaverock Castle

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The stunningly beautiful moated Caerlaverock Castle stands in splendid isolation amid the surrounding wetlands that form the Caerlaverock...

Caerlaverock Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre

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You can observe wintering wildfowl, including various species of geese, ducks, swans, and raptors on the wetlands surrounding atmospheric...

Cardoness Castle

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Cardoness Castle is a typical Scottish tower house, severe and uncompromising. The 15th-century structure once was the home of the McCullochs...