The Borders and the Southwest

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Borders and the Southwest - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Abbotsford House

    Historic Home

    In this great house overlooking the Tweed, Sir Walter Scott lived, worked, and received the great and the good in luxurious salons. In 1811...Read More

  • 2. Broughton House

    Historic Home

    The 18th-century Broughton House was the home of the artist E. A. Hornel from 1901 until his death in 1933 and remains largely as it was in...Read More

  • 3. Traquair House

    Historic Home

    Said to be the oldest continually occupied home in Scotland (since 1107), Traquair House has secret stairways and passages, a library with more...Read More

  • 4. Bowhill

    Historic Home

    Home of the Duke of Buccleuch, Bowhill dates from the 19th century and houses an outstanding collection of works by Gainsborough, Van Dyck,...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Mellerstain House and Gardens

    Historic Home

    One fine example of the Borders area's ornate country homes is Mellerstain House, begun in the 1720s and finished in the 1770s by Robert Adam...Read More

  • 7. Moat Brae and the Neverland Garden

    Historic Home

    Writer J.M. Barrie was a regular visitor to the Gordon family's grand Edwardian home at Moat Brae. The stories he told their children would...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Threave Garden and Estate


    The National Trust for Scotland cares for the gently sloping parkland and gardens around an 1867 mansion built by William Gordon, a Liverpool...Read More

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