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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Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre

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Housed in a former farmhouse 3 miles north of Jedburgh, this visitor center portrays life in the Scottish Borders through art exhibitions...

Hermitage Castle

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To appreciate the famous 20-mile ride of Mary, Queen of Scots—she rushed to the side of her wounded lover, the earl of Bothwell—travel...

Jedburgh Abbey

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The most impressive of the Borders abbeys towers above Jedburgh. The abbey was nearly destroyed by the English earl of Hertford's forces...

Jedburgh Castle Jail

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This was the site of the Howard Reform Prison, established in 1820. It sits behind the front of the castle that previously stood in the...

Mary, Queen of Scots House

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This bastel (from the French bastille ) was the fortified town house in which, as the story goes, Mary stayed before embarking on...

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...