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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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...

Drumlanrig Castle

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This spectacular estate is as close as Scotland gets to the treasure houses of England—which is not surprising, since it's owned by...

Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

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A camera obscura is essentially a huge reflecting mirror that projects an extraordinarily clear panoramic view of the surrounding countryside...

Globe Inn

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Poet Robert Burns spent quite a lot of time at the Globe Inn, where he frequently fell asleep in the tack room beside the stables. He...

John Paul Jones Museum

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The little community of Kirkbean—blink and you'll miss it—is the backdrop for Arbigland Estate. It was in a cottage, now the John...

Museum of Lead Mining

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The Lochnell Mine was abandoned in 1861, after 150 years of operation. The isolated village of Warnlockhead, where it was located, has...

Robert Burns Centre

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Not surprisingly, Dumfries has its own Robert Burns Centre, housed in a sturdy former mill overlooking the river. The center has an audiovisual...

St. Michael's Churchyard

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When he died in 1796, poet Robert Burns was buried in a modest grave in St. Michael's Churchyard. English poet William Wordsworth, visiting...

Sweetheart Abbey

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At the center of the village of New Abbey is the red-tinted and roofless Sweetheart Abbey. The odd name is a translation of the abbey's...