Scotland's Road Trips


Borders Historic Route

89 miles / 143 km
Scots Dyke, the Anglo-Scottish Border – 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. Clan Armstrong Centre at Gilnockie Tower

    History, mystery and a whole world of discovery await you at this enthralling Scottish pele tower.

  2. The 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. Rosslyn Chapel

    Delve into Scotland’s historic past by visiting one of its most famous chapels.

  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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