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. Jedburgh Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The most impressive of the Borders abbeys towers above Jedburgh. Built by David I, king of Scots in the 12th century, the abbey was nearly destroyed...Read More

  • 2. Melrose Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Just off Melrose's town square sit the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the four Borders abbeys: "If thou would'st view fair Melrose aright, go...Read More

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  • 3. Dryburgh Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The final resting place of Sir Walter Scott and his wife, and the most peaceful and secluded of the Borders abbeys, the "gentle ruins" of Dryburgh...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Sweetheart Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    At the center of the village of New Abbey are the impressive red-tinted, roofless remains of Sweetheart Abbey, founded in 1273 by the Lady of...Read More

  • 7. Whithorn Priory and Museum


    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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