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Borders Historic Route

Length
89 miles / 143 km
Location
Gretna Green – Edinburgh

The only tourist route that begins outside Scotland, the Borders Historic Route picks up near Carlisle before passing into the lush countryside of the Scottish Borders. Follow the route to Edinburgh and explore the charming villages you pass en route before reaching Scotland’s historic capital city.

  1. Gretna Green

    Discover why runaway couples would flee here to get married.

  2. Borders Textile Towerhouse

    Learn about the famous Scottish Borders’ textile industry, including knitwear and tweed.

  3. Lochcarron of Scotland

    See tartan being woven from scratch.

  4. Lindean Mill Glass

    Watch the glassblowers at work making glasses, plates and glass panels.

  5. Abbotsford House

    Tour the former home of the famous Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott.

  6. National Mining Museum Scotland

    Experience the sights and sounds of a working Victorian coal mine.

  7. Stewart Brewing

    Sample local beer or pick up bottles to take home.

  8. Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World

     Walk amongst hundreds of jewel coloured butterflies.

  9. Dalkeith Country Park

    Get active on the cycling and walking trails and kids adventure playground.

  10. Edinburgh Castle

    Tour Scotland’s most famous castle and see the Scottish crown jewels.

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