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. 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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

    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

  • 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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