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

    Historic Home

    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

    Historic Home

    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

    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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