Arts and culture in the Scottish Borders

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Uncover the creative side of the Scottish Borders with arts and culture attractions and events. Take in a music concert by a local band, admire some wonderful pieces of art in galleries and exhibitions and visit art and craft shops to pick up a souvenir of your holiday to the Scottish Borders.

It is no wonder the region has many literary connections, with renowned authors finding inspiration in these breathtaking landscapes. Sir Walter Scott is one of the world’s greatest literary figures, and you can discover his life, influences and cultural legacy across the region including at the refurbished house and new visitor centre of his former home in Melrose, Abbotsford House.

The Scottish Borders possesses an impressive cultural heritage that is due to the haunting beauty of its landscapes and tumultuous past. It boasts a rich tradition of balladry with songs recounting bloody tales of conquest and supernatural happenings. Speak to locals who are only too happy to relate the distinctive histories and customs of their towns and villages.

The region is home to a textile industry which dates back to the 13th century. Today you can still see quality tweed, wool, tartan and cashmere in designer collections from across the world.

There are a variety of things to see and do with arts and culture in the Scottish Borders from big events such as the Borders Book Festival to smaller music gigs in friendly local pubs. Take a look through the listings and information to find attractions, events and more in this beautiful region of Scotland.

  • Looking towards the House and gardens of Abbotsford, Melrose
    Abbotsford House, Melrose
  • The Buy Design Gallery at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, Jedbugh
    The Buy Design Gallery, Jedburgh
  • Classic cars driving through the streets of Selkirk
    Classic cars driving through the streets of Selkirk
  • The Buy Design Gallery at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, Jedbugh
    The Buy Design Gallery, Jedburgh
  • The Buy Design Gallery at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, Jedbugh
    The Buy Design Gallery, Jedburgh
Looking towards the House and gardens of Abbotsford, Melrose

Literary connections

The landscape and history of the Scottish Borders have strong literary connections to many writers including Sir Walter Scott.

Products for sale in the Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick

Textiles

Enjoy this creative part of Scotland and start planning a discovery of the textile industry in the Scottish Borders.

Massed pipe bands at Floors Castle

Arts and culture events

Enjoy the creative side of this part of Scotland and plan a visit to an arts and culture event in the Scottish Borders.

View inside the Borders Textile Towerhouse

Art & culture attractions

Explore arts and culture attractions in the Scottish Borders and discover the culture and identity of this Scottish region.

Looking onto the outside of Tower Mill which is lit up at night

Music, dance and theatre events

Experience the creative side of the Scottish Borders music, dance and theatre attractions and events.

A woman browses the items for sale in the shop at Kailzie Gardens

Arts and craft shops

Visit arts and craft shops in the Scottish Borders where you can discover everything from pottery and jewellery to paintings.