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What’s on Central Scottish Borders

The Tweed Valley dominates the interest here, along with the famous ruined 12th century abbeys at Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose. Other attractions include Sir Walter Scott’s mansion at Abbotsford and grand stately homes such as Floors Castle, Manderston, Paxton and Mellerstain House. The area is still a major producer of quality textiles which you can buy locally. The major towns celebrate their turbulent past in the Common Ridings, when local people dress up in period costume and ride out to check the burgh boundaries.  

area highlights

April - October, Scottish Borders:

Get a taste of life behind bars in this 1820s jail which was built as a Howard reform prison in 1823 and was a model prison in its day.

March/April - October, Scottish Borders:

This award-winning museum recreates the building’s former use as a home and ironmonger’s shop.

March - October 2010, Scottish Borders:

Built in 1803 as the Sheriff Court, this is where Sir Walter Scott - author of such classics as The Heart of Midlothian and Rob Roy - dispensed justice to the people of Selkirkshire.

March - October, Scottish Borders:

An impressive building with a history spanning five centuries.

End March - October 2012, Scottish Borders:

One of the Borders’ best-loved attractions, Harestanes lies just outside Jedburgh.

1st November 2014, Scottish Borders:
This year we are embracing our ghostly reputation to raise funds to redecorate our village hall.

7th - 9th November 2014, Scottish Borders:

A fantastic weekend of folk, featuring concerts, workshops and an Open Stage competition.

March - November, Scottish Borders:

This 16th Century Tower House is set amidst a garden of pear trees in the heart of Jedburgh.

Year-round, Scottish Borders:

Discover passionate collectors, racing legends, famous painters and local history in a historic house within a beautiful Victorian park.

Year-round, Scottish Borders:

Dating back to the fifteenth century, Smalholm Tower is associated with two notable Border families &ndash first the Pringles (Hoppringles) up to 1645 thereafter the Scotts of Harden, ancestors of Sir Walter Scott.

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