The Borders and the Southwest

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  • 1. Galloway Forest Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The expansive facilities in Galloway Forest Park are evidence of the growing enthusiasm for active vacations in Scotland; it offers chances...Read More

  • 2. Borders Textile Towerhouse

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 3. Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 4. Glen Trool

    Forest

    With high purple-and-green hilltops shorn rock-bare by glaciers, and with a dark, winding loch and thickets of birch trees sounding with birdcalls...Read More

  • 5. Globe Inn

    Historic District/Site

    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; today it...Read More

  • 6. Halliwell's House Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Tucked off the main square, Halliwell's House Museum was once an ironmonger's shop, which is now re-created downstairs. Upstairs, an exhibit...Read More

  • 7. Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a former farmhouse 4 miles north of Jedburgh, this visitor center portrays life in the Scottish Borders through art exhibitions and...Read More

  • 8. Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This building might look like a castle, but it's actually a prison that sits where a castle originally once stood. Named for the prison reformer...Read More

  • 9. Kelso Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The least intact ruin of the four great abbeys, Kelso Abbey is just a bleak fragment of what was once the largest of the group. It was here...Read More

  • 10. Mary, Queen of Scots Visitor Centre

    House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 11. Mill on the Fleet

    Museum/Gallery

    For more than a hundred years, Gatehouse of Fleet was the center of the region's cotton industry, and you can learn more at this converted mill...Read More

  • 12. Mull of Galloway

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    If you wish to visit the southern tip of the Rhinns of Galloway, called the Mull of Galloway, follow the B7065/B7041 until you run out of land...Read More

  • 13. Peebles War Memorial

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The exotic, almost Moorish mosaics of the Peebles War Memorial are unique in Scotland, although most towns have a memorial to honor those killed...Read More

  • 14. Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    On the site of a famous battle in 1645 in which the Scottish Covenanters drove off the pro-English armies under the Earl of Montrose, the Philiphaugh...Read More

  • 15. Robert Burns Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    Not surprisingly, Dumfries has its own Robert Burns Centre, housed in a sturdy 18th-century former mill overlooking the River Nith. The center...Read More

  • 16. Robert Burns House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Poet Robert Burns (1759–96) lived here, on what was then called Mill Street, for the last three years of his life, when his salary from the...Read More

  • 17. Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom

    Museum/Gallery

    The historic courtroom where Sir Walter Scott presided as sheriff from 1804 to 1832 contains a display examining his life, writings, and time...Read More

  • 18. Southern Upland Way

    Trail/Path

    The village of Portpatrick is the starting point for Scotland's longest official long-distance footpath, the Southern Upland Way, which runs...Read More

  • 19. St. Michael's Churchyard

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

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

  • 20. St. Ninian's Chapel

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Isle of Whithorn (a fishing village on the mainland) holds the ruins of the 14th-century St. Ninian's Chapel, where pilgrims who came by...Read More

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