Historic attractions in the Scottish Borders

Discover ancient fortifications, ruined abbeys and a treasure trove of historical attractions, museums and exhibitions which bring the history of the Scottish Borders to life.

The region is home to many historic castles, from the former prison of Jedburgh Castle to the eerie ruin of Hermitage in Newcastleton where you can uncover tales of the bloodthirsty struggles between Scotland and England. Hermitage Castle harks back to the lawless era of the Border Reivers when it was a formidable fortress. Set amongst lonely moorland, this eerie ruin boasts a history saturated in legend, intrigue and murder.

No visit to the Scottish Borders would be complete without seeing the splendid interior of Floors Castle. Admire its priceless collection of artworks and look for the Holly tree in the grounds that marks the spot where King James II was killed during a siege.

Uncover the history of Peebles and the surrounding area at the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery. Travel back in time with a trip to the Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre, an exhibition full of ancient artefacts, gems and aerial photos of the Roman-native complex at Newstead.

There are also plenty of attractions that shed light on the region’s industrial and local heritage such as Eyemouth Maritime Centre, Mary Queen of Scots House, Halliwell’s House Museum, and Robert Smail’s Printing Works.

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Looking onto a memorial stone by the River Tweed

Monuments and ruins

Head to one of the many fascinating monuments and ruins and learn more about the local history of the Scottish Borders.

Looking towards the House and gardens of Abbotsford, Melrose


Explore the Scottish Borders using our great itineraries and discover the beauty of this natural region.

Dryburgh Abbey


The calm countryside of the Scottish Borders belies a turbulent past that can still be seen at ancient ruins and grand estates.

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