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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

24th & 25th July 2015, Scottish Borders:

This eagerly awaited annual show, held in 46 acres of parkland on the outskirts of Kelso, is a premier agricultural and equestrian show with a full programme of judged events for a wide range of classes.

22nd & 23rd August 2015, Scottish Borders:

Writers, speakers, politicians and performers come together from all over the world for the Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature & Thought.

30th August 2015, Scottish Borders:

10K road race and fun run organised by the Teviotdale Harriers.

6th - 12th September 2015, Scottish Borders:

The 21st Festival, a week-long celebration of walking and the Borders countryside, will be hosted by Galashiels.

April - September, 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.

April - September, Scottish Borders:

An awesome, eerie ruin, set in a lonely spot, Hermitage Castle was one of the major strongholds in the Borders from the 14th century to the Union of the Crowns in 1603.

Easter - mid October, Scottish Borders:

With a vast collection of family research documents an artefacts that go back hundreds of years, the Clan Armstrong Trust Museum is one of the world’s best and biggest Armstrong museums.

24th & 25th October 2015, Scottish Borders:

The event incorporates the Three Peaks Ultra Marathon and Cani-cross events, Wheelchair and Hand Cycle race followed by the Half Marathon and 10K.

March - October, Scottish Borders:

An impressive building with a history spanning five centuries.

March/April - October, Scottish Borders:

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


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