Jedburgh Abbey
Jedburgh, Borders © Susan Ross, Sublime Scotland

The Border Abbeys and Abbotsford House

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January — December

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The Border with England is a land of magnificent Abbey ruins and is steeped in history. The home of Scotland's most famous writer, Sir Walter Scott, is a fitting tribute to his legacy and the gardens are a joy to visit in the summer months.

Visit this often forgotten region which played such an important part in Scotland's history during the Wars of Independence, throughout Medieval times and in the early 19th century made the home of Sir Walter Scot, Scotland's most famous romantic writer.

Leave Edinburgh for the rolling farmland of the Borders area and the ancient ruins of Melrose Abbey. Admire this most stunning of Abbey ruins and stand at the spot where the heart of King Robert The Bruce is buried.

The village of Melrose is a wonderful example of a charming Borders village, with family owned shops, excellent cafes and restaurants and a Book Festival where you would meet many great contemporary Scottish writers.

A visit to the home of Sir Walter Scott, Abbotsford House, is always a delight and the stunning garden is a sanctuary at any time of year.

Travel distance are less in the Borders than other parts of Scotland so we have the choice of visiting Dryburgh Abbey, Jedburgh Abbey or perhaps visit the largest inhabited house in Scotland at Floors Castle. Enjoy exploring 700 years of history where the family still lives in the castle and shares part of it and the wonderful grounds, with the visitors.

The Borders is also home to some of the early connections with Mary Queen of Scots. In Jedburgh you may visit the Mary Queen of Scots Centre, A 16th century towerhouse where the medieval Queen stayed as she journeyed through this region.

On the return to Edinburgh visit famous Rosslyn Chapel or Glenkinchie Distillery for a wee dram of whisky.

Contact details

Sublime Scotland
22 Old Drove Road
Edinburgh Glasgow Perth Area Stirling Area
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Bespoke Private Small Group (1-16)
Castles History Landscapes Whisky


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Sublime Scotland

We are a local husband and wife private tour business. We specialise in small groups of one to four guests. Enjoy the luxury of a local expert private guide and experience our famous Scottish humour on a day tour or multi-day tour. Let us take you on an adventure to show you the best of Scotland. Our tours include all the famous castles and lochs, the spectacular mountain landscapes and rivers. We also take you to our favourite quiet corners, eat lunch where the locals eat and enjoy the small shops and cafes of our many towns and villages.

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08.00 - 20.00

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