Lauder is a market town situated on the Leader Water on the western edge of the Lammermuir Hills, 22 miles south east of Edinburgh.
Lauder is a popular town in the Scottish Borders with many attractions to keep visitor occupied. One of the best ways to explore the town and learn about local history is to explore the Lauder Town Trail. This fascinating town trail is approximately 2 km (1.25 miles) long and takes about one hour to complete.
Nearby is the turreted and towered Scots Baronial Thirlestane Castle, one of the seven ‘Great Houses in Scotland’. This magnificent building is still the Maitland family home and contains unrivalled 17th century plasterwork ceilings, fine furnishings, paintings and a collection of Edwardian and Victorian toys.
Soutra Isle is the remains of the House of the Holy Trinity one of the most important institutions in medieval Scotland. Founded in 1160 AD, this complex comprised of a church, hospital and Friary.
One of the town’s most popular summer festivals is the Lauder Common Riding. Held on the first Saturday in August, highlight events include the Annual Election of the Cornet, the Kirking of the Cornet, and the ‘Night afore the Morn’ Concert.
The area is also popular with walkers as the Southern Upland Way long distance routes passes by the town.