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Visitor attractions and information for Berwick upon Tweed

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Attractions Lindesfarne Castle & Holy Island, Northumberland. Tel: 01289 389244. Holy Island can only be reached by vehicle or on foot via a 3ml causeway, (closed from 2 hours before high tide until 3 hours after). Tide tables are displayed at the causeway - check safe crossing times. Charges apply for admission to Lindisfarne Castle. Castle opening times vary. National Trust. Charges apply. (Photo © NTPL / Joe Cornish). About 10 miles south of Berwick upon Tweed.

Lindesfarne Castle Holy Island

Attractions Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh, Northumberland, NE69 7D. Standing on a rocky outcrop overlooking miles of beautiful sandy beach, Bamburgh Castle dominates the Northumbrian landscape. A magnificent castle completely restored in 1900, it houses collections of china, porcelain, furniture, paintings , arms and armour. Tel: 01668 214 515. About 15 miles south of Berwick upon Tweed.

Bamburgh Castle

Attractions Berwick upon Tweed ramparts were rebuilt during the reign of Elizabeth I,at a cost of £128000, they were the largest building scheme of any sort commissioned during her reign. One and a half miles long and still in pristine condition, they are no more than 20 feet high but very thick. They now provide an excellent walk from which to look over the town, the harbour and the river.

Berwick upon Tweed

Royal Border Railway BridgeAttractionsRoyal Border Railway Bridge, Berwick-upon-Tweed is one of 3 bridges spanning the river here. This 28-arch bridge, designed and built in the manner of a Roman aqueduct by Robert Stephenson, was completed in 1850. In the centre of Berwick upon Tweed.

Royal Border Railway Bridge

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Visitor attractions and information for Duns

AttractionsManderston, Duns, Berwickshire Tel: 011361 883450 Superb staterooms and a wonderful silver staircase - the only one in the world. Sophisticated domestic quarters, a marble dairy, stables and 56 acres of formal gardens. About 2 miles east of Duns.


Attractions Edin's Hall Broch. Edins Hall Broch is a medieval fort, one of only ten in Scotland. It is maintained by Historic Scotland and is remarkably well-preserved considering its age. Dating from 2nd century, one of a very limited number of Iron Age brochs in the lowlands of Scotland. It sits within an earlier fort which is surrounded by ramparts and ditches. About 6 miles north of Duns.

Edin's Hall Broch

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Visitor attractions and information for Galashiels

Attractions Abbotsford, Melrose, Roxburghshire Tel: 01896 752 043 Abbotsford is the house built and lived in by Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist. Visitors are able to view Sir Walter Scott's immense collection of historic relics, weapons and armour, and over 9,000 rare books. Also visit the Private Chapel, beautiful grounds and gardens. About 2 miles east of Galashiels.


Attractions Lochcarron of Scotland, Huddersfield Street, Galashiels, TD1 3AY Tel: 01896 752 091. Cashmere and wool centre, and museum. See the spun yarn to the finished article.Take a guided tour to see the working mill or visit the large factory In the centre of Galashiels.


Attractions Old Gala House, Galashiels Tel: 01750 20096 Formerly the home of the Pringles of Galashiels, this is now a Museum, Conference Centre and Gallery where a wide range of Exhibitions are held in the three gallery spaces. In the centre of Galashiels.

Old Gala House

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Visitor attractions and information for Hawick

Attractions Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, HAWICK TD9 7JL Tel: 01450 373457. Set in the award-winning Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick Museum has a wide variety of permanent displays including natural sciences, militaria and the history of Hawick’s world-renowned hosiery and knitwear industry. In the centre of Hawick.

Hawick Museum

Attractions Drumlanrig's Tower Visitor Centre, 1 Tower Knowe, HAWICK TD9 9BZ Tel: 01450 377615 A beautifully restored building which explores the town’s turbulent early history. In the centre of Hawick.


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Visitor attractions and information for Jedburgh

AttractionsJedburgh Abbey. Tel: 01835 863925 One of the four great Border Abbeys, founded by David I. The visitor centre contains the priceless Jedburgh Comb and other artefacts found during the excavation of the Abbey site. Historic Scotland charges apply. In the centre of Jedburgh.

Jedburgh Abbey

Attractions Mary Queen of Scots House, Queen Street, Jedburgh Admission charges apply. Tel:01835 86331. The house was visited by Mary in October 1566 and is situated in a garden of pear trees. The rooms contain tapestries, oil paintings, furniture, arms and armour and some of Mary's possessions, arranged in narrative sections. One of Scotlands top visitor attractions, nowhere else is the story of Mary, Queen of Scots told and interpreted so fully. In the centre of Jedburgh.

Mary Queen of Scots House

Attractions Jedforest Deer and Farm Park, Camptown, Jedburgh TD8 6PL Tel: 01835 840364 The park is situated in 800 acres of beautifull rolling hills in the Scottish Borders. Magnificent herds of deer, a large conservation collection of rare breeds of sheep, pigs, cattle, chickens and ducks. Falconry Scotland is based here with eagles, hawks, falcons, eagle owls and smaller owls, all be seen flying during the open season. About 5 miles south of Jedburgh.

Jedforest Deer and Farm Park

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Visitor attractions and information for Kelso

AttractionsFloors Castle, Kelso, Roxburghshire Tel:01573 223333 The largest inhabited castle in Scotland, home to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburgh and their family. Spectacular State rooms filled with priceless European paintings, tapestries and furnishings. Coffee shop, licensed Restaurant and gift shop. About 2 miles west of Kelso.

Floors Castle

Attractions Kelso Racecourse, Kelso, Roxburghshire TD5 7SX Tel: 01668 281611 Situated in the Borders, just to the north of the town centre, Kelso Racecourse is close to the junction of the A6089 and the A699. About 2 miles north of Kelso.

Kelso Racecours

Attractions Kelso Abbey, in the care of Historic Scotland. Ruins of the west end of the great abbey church built in 1128 by the Tironesian monks from France. Only fragmentary remains after its repeated destruction by the English, but still an impressive structure. In the centre of Kelso.

Kelso Abbey

Attractions Teviot Water Gardens, Kirkbank House, Kelso, Roxburghshire Tel: 01835 850253 Located in the heart of the Scottish Borders, discover the tranquility of the riverside display garden. Food/Craft Hall and Aquatic/Garden Centre with an extensive range of plants, equipment and fish. About 5 miles south of Kelso.

Teviot Water Gardens

The Hirsel

Attractions The Hirsel, Coldstream Tel: 01890 882834. The Country Park is open all year during daylight hours and provides an excellent location for a family day out. Lakeside and river walks provide a glimpse of Douglas pedigree Highland Cattle and many forms of wildlife on the lake. There is a Museum and Arts and Crafts Centre, Cottage Tearoom and Crafthouse Gallery. There is also a small children's play area and picnic site. About 8 miles northeast of Kelso.

The Hirsel

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Visitor attractions and information for Peebles

Attractions Kailzie Gardens, Peebles Tel: 01721 720007 In their seasons, including the display of snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells, the Gardens provide a rich variety of colour and charm for both the keen gardener, and for the visitor simply wanting to enjoy a beautiful garden in peaceful surroundings. Also the Tweed Valley ospreys, a gift shop, tearoom, licensed restaurant, Children's Corner, putting green, bait- and fly-fishing ponds and a picnic area. About 2.5 miles southeast of Peebles.

Kailzie Gardens

AttractionsNeidpath Castle, Peebles, Tweeddale Tel: 01721 720333 Neidpath Castle is a romantic, attractive medieval castle, a 14th century tower house adapted to 17th century usage. It is a tradition l-plan house and privately owned. Looking down across the river Tweed, it underwent extensive alterations during the 17th century and has been in the ownership of many noteable families, including the Dukes of Queensbury and the Earl of Wemyss and March. About 1 mile west of Peebles.

Neidpath Castle

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Visitor attractions and information for Selkirk

Attractions Bowhill House & Country Park. Tel: 01750 22204 Admission charges apply. Home of the Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry and sited in the middle of extensive parkland. The house itself contains an outstanding art collection, with a wide range of work from the masters, tapestries and superb French furniture, Sevres and Meissen china, and silver. About 3 miles west of Selkirk.

Bowhill House & Country Park.

Attractions Halliwell's House Museum & Robson Gallery, Selkirk Tel 01750 20096 This museum explores and reveals the life of Selkirk through the ages. In the centre of Selkirk.

Halliwell's House Museum & Robson Gallery

AttractionsSir Walter Scotts Courtroom, Selkirk Tel: 01750 20096 The building in Selkirk where Sir Walter Scott sat as a Sheriff of Selkirk from 1804 till 1832. Now a museum which explores his life, his writings and especially his time as a Sheriff. In the centre of Selkirk.

Sir Walter Scotts Courtroom

Attractions Aikwood Tower, Ettrick Valley, near Selkirk Tel: 01750 52253 A very fine 14th century peel tower restored in 1992 and the home of Lord and Lady Steel of Aikwood. The present tower was rebuilt about 1602. Its walls are only about 4 feet thick and above the dungeons, all three stories are restored. There is a small medieval garden, stocked with rare ancient plants, a car park and a small shop. About 5 miles southwest of Selkirk.

Aikwood Tower

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