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.