The Borders and the Southwest

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  • 1. Traquair House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

  • 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. Creetown Gem Rock Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    In the village of Creetown outside Newton Stewart, this museum has an eclectic mineral collection, a dinosaur egg, an erupting volcano, and...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. John Paul Jones Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The little community of Kirkbean is the backdrop for the bright-green landscape of the Arbigland Estate; in a cottage here, now the John Paul...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Museum of Lead Mining

    Museum/Gallery

    The Lochnell Mine was abandoned in 1861, after 150 years of operation, and the mine and miners' homes now form part of this museum re-creating...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Robert Smail's Printing Works

    Museum/Gallery

    Try your hand at printing the way it used to be done: painstakingly setting each letter by hand. Robert Smail's print shop, founded in 1866...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Stewartry Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Stuffed with all manner of local paraphernalia, the delightfully old-fashioned Stewartry Museum allows you to putter and absorb as much or as...Read More

  • 17. Trimontium Museum and Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    Run by extremely knowledgeable enthusiasts, this museum has such artifacts as tools, weapons, and armor retrieved from the largest Roman settlement...Read More

  • 18. Whithorn Priory and Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The road that is now the A746 was a pilgrims' path that led to the royal burgh of Whithorn, where sat Whithorn Priory, one of Scotland's great...Read More

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