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...

Dryburgh Abbey

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The final resting place of Sir Walter Scott and his wife, and the most peaceful and secluded of the Borders abbeys, the "gentle ruins"...

Melrose Abbey

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Just off Melrose's town square sit the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the four Borders abbeys. "If thou would'st view fair Melrose aright,...

Priorwood Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

The National Trust for Scotland's Priorwood Gardens, next to Melrose Abbey, specializes in flowers for drying. Dried flowers are on sale...

Scott's View

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This is possibly the most photographed rural view in the south of Scotland. (It's almost as iconic as Eilean Donan Castle, far to the...

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...

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