SCOTTISH BORDERS,
EAST LOTHIAN and MIDLOTHIAN

 
 
Scottish Mining Museum                                Newtongrange                     www.scottishminingmuseum.com
Set in Lady Victoria Colliery, in Newtongrange just off the A7, this five star visitor attraction houses the story
of coal for Scotland.  This vital way of life can be discovered through exhibitions, interactives, film theatres,
a recreated underground roadway and coalface and the Magic Helmet Tour.
With a gift shop, coffee shop and private function facilities. Open daily: Mar - Oct: 10.00-5.00, Nov - Feb: 10.00-4.00.  Adults £5.95 Child £3.95 Concession £3.95 Family £17.95.
Directions: 10 miles south of Edinburgh on the A7, signposted from Edinburgh and City Bypass.
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Paxton House and Country Park                  Berwick upon Tweed                 www.paxtonhouse.com

Magnificent 18th century Adam mansion overlooking the majestic River Tweed with Scotland’s pre-eminent collection of Chippendale furniture, 12 period rooms, Robert Adam interiors, Picture Gallery (National Galleries of Scotland), Nursery and working Georgian Kitchen. Paxton House sits within 80 acres of woodland, riverside and gardens. Enjoy walks, trails, wildlife viewing hides, adventure playgrounds, putting green, croquet lawn together with shop, tearoom, events,  exhibitions and much more besides.
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We are signposted 3 miles from the A1 Berwick-upon-Tweed Bypass on the B6461
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Bowhill House & Country ParkNr SelkirkHouse and Garden
Outstanding collection of art, silver, porcelain and furniture. Victorian kitchen, gift shop, tea room. Loch, river and woodland walks.

Chesters Hill FortDremPrehistoric Site
One of the best-preserved examples in Scotland of an Iron Age fort defended by an elaborate system of ramparts and ditches.

Crichton CastleNr GorebridgeCastle
Crichton Castle stands tucked away out of sight, on a terrace overlooking the River Tyne in Midlothian. It was a noble residence for some 200 years, from the late 14th century through to the close of the 16th century. It was seldom the stage for significant events. However, its connections with two influential families – the Crichtons and the Hepburn Earls of Bothwell – associate the place with some of the most colourful chapters in Scottish history. The castle was built as a home of the Crichtons. With their fall from grace in 1484, the castle passed into the hands of the Hepburns of Hailes, Earls of Bothwell. The political intrigues of James, the 4th Earl, Mary Queen of Scots’ third husband, played themselves out far away from this sleepy corner of Midlothian. Following Bothwell’s downfall in 1567, the castle was briefly held by another complex individual, Francis Stewart. His tenure was brief, but his building legacy has endured to this day.

Cross KirkPeeblesChurch
The nave and west tower of a Trinitarian Friary, founded in the late 13th century with foundations of the domestic buildings.

Dere Street Roman RoadSoutraRoman Remains
A good stretch of the Roman road running from Corbridge beside Hadrian’s Wall to Cramond on the Firth of Forth. Beside the road are quarry pits from which the gravel for building the road was taken.

Direlton CastleDirelton, North BerwickCastle
For 400 years, Dirleton Castle stood as a magnificent fortress–residence for three successive noble families. It was badly damaged during Cromwell’s siege of 1650, but its fortunes revived in the 1660s when the Nisbet family built a new mansion close to the picturesque ruins. They also resuscitated the splendid gardens, which now include the world’s longest herbaceous border.

Doonhill HomesteadDunbarPrehistoric Site
The site marked out in the grass, of a wooden hall of a 6th-century British chief, and of an Anglian chief’s hall, which superseded it in the 7th century, revealed by aerial photography followed by excavation in the 1960s. A rare record of the Anglian occupation of southeast Scotland.

Dryburgh AbbeyDryburgh, MelroseCathedral - Abbey
Dryburgh sits by the Tweed River. Its remarkably complete medieval ruins makes it easy to appreciate the attractions of monastic life. The abbey buildings were destroyed by fire three times and ravaged by war on four occasions but fine examples of ecclesiastic architecture and masonry remain, and its chapter house reveals plaster and paintwork dating back to its inception.

Dunglass Collegiate ChurchCockburnspathChurch
The church was founded in 1450 for a college of canons by Sir Alexander Hume. The handsome cross-shaped building contains a vaulted nave, choir and transepts, all with stone slab roofs.

Edin's Hall BrochBathans, DunsBroch
One of the few Iron Age brochs in lowland Scotland. Unusually large, it sits in a fort defended by ramparts and ditches, partially overlain by a settlement of the Romano-British period.

Edrom ChurchEdrom, DunsChurch
The richly carved Romanesque doorway of the old parish church of Edrom, in the kirkyard.

Foulden Tithe BarnFouldenTithe Barn
A two-storey barn used for storing payments made in grain to the parish church. View exterior only.

Glenkinchie Distillery Visitors CentreTranentDistillery
The home of 'The Edinburgh Malt' is located in the rolling farmland of East Lothian and houses an excellent exhibition in the listed red brick buildings.

Greenknowe TowerGordonHouse
A handsome tower house on an L plan, built in 1581 and still retaining its iron gate or yett.

Hailes CastleEast LintonCastle
A beautifully sited ruin incorporating a fortified manor of 13th century date, extended in the 14th and 15th centuries. There are two vaulted pit-prisons.

Harmony GardenMelroseGardens
Elegant Regency town house available as a holiday let, set within three acre walled garden which is open to the public. In the spring the bulb lawn is the most noteworthy horticultural feature, containing swathes of dog's-tooth violets, fritillaries and a collection of daffodils which includes some old and rare types.

Hermitage CastleLiddesdaleCastle
An awesome, eerie ruin, set in a lonely spot, Hermitage Castle has a history filled with intrigue, murders, trysts, torture, and treason.

Inveresk Lodge GardenInveresk, MusselburghGarden
Secluded garden features rare and unusual plants in an informal setting, with wooded and wildlife areas. A sunny hillside garden tucked away behind high garden walls. The garden is open all year and you will be sure to find something to catch your eye any time you visit.

Jedburgh AbbeyJedburghCathedral - Abbey
Jedburgh Abbey, founded in 1138, was a frequent target for invading border armies. Today, there is a cloister and herb garden to explore, and a visitor centre containing 8th century carvings and artefacts excavated from the abbey grounds.

Kelso AbbeyKelsoCathedral - Abbey
The west end of the great abbey church of the Tironensians, brought to Kelso in 1128 by David I. Even in its fragmentary state, this is a superb piece of architecture.

Lauderdale Aisle, St Mary's ChurchHaddingtonChurch
The former sacristy of the great 15th-century parish church, with a splendid monument of early 17th-century date, in marble, with alabaster effigies.

Mellerstain HouseGordonHouse and Garden
Historic house designed by William and Robert Adam in mid-eighteenth century. Magnificent architecture, furniture and paintings, located in award-winning gardens, with stunning views.

Melrose AbbeyMelroseCathedral - Abbey
Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale with lavishly decorated masonry. The Abbey is thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart, marked with a commemorative carved stone plaque within the grounds. Visitors can also visit a small museum housing a display of artefacts found within the abbey.

Newhailes MusselburghHistoric House & Garden
Amazing survival of early 18th century decorative Rococo interiors and collections, allowing the NTS to conserve and present what history has left, rather than restore what it hasn't. Important 18th century designed landscape, woodland walks, open parkland, remains of water-gardens and built features including a shell grotto and classical summerhouse. 17th century villa, later significantly added to by the Dalrymple family, who were influential figures of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Ormiston Market CrossOrmistonMarket Cross
Symbol of the right of the inhabitants to hold a market, this is a fine free-standing 15th-century cross on a modern base.

Preston Market CrossPrestonpansMarket Cross
The only surviving example of a market cross of its type on its original site. A beautiful piece of early 17th-century design, with a cylindrical base surmounted by a cross-shaft headed by a unicorn.

Preston Mill & Phantassie DoocotHaddingtonMill
Stunningly picturesque mill – the present buildings being from the 18th century, though there has been a mill on this site since the 16th century. The mill was used commercially until 1959 and visitors can still experience the working machinery on a tour today.

Priorwood Garden & Dried Flower ShopMelroseGarden
Priorwood is a specialist centre for the craft of dried flower arranging. The garden also includes an orchard where you can see historic apple varieties being grown organically.

Robert Smail's Printing WorksInnerleithenPrinting
A unique example of our industrial heritage in the form of a fully operational Victorian Letterpress Printing Works in the Borders town of Innerleithen.

Seton Collegiate ChurchCockenzieChurch - Chapel
Seton is one of the finest medieval collegiate churches surviving in Scotland. Its story begins in the 12th century, when the site was chosen for a new church serving the parishioners of Seton. In the 15th century, the church was increasingly used as the private place of worship and burial vault of the Seton family, the local landowners.

Smailholm TowerSmailholm, Kelso
Well-preserved 15th century rectangular tower. Home to the Pringles and Scotts, Smailholm is a prominent landmark that proved inspirational to Sir Walter Scott who is buried at nearby Dryburgh Abbey.

St Abb's HeadEyemouthNature Reserve
St Abb’s Head on the Berwickshire coast is a landmark site for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. This National Nature Reserve is home to thousands of guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills, shags, fulmars, puffins and herring gulls nesting on narrow ledges from April to August, and the cliffs here offer a spectacular vantage point for observing their behaviour. The Head boasts a wealth of other wildlife which you can learn about at the Nature Reserve Centre, or join a ranger-guided walk and enjoy the views along the coast as you go.

St Martin's KirkHaddingtonChurch
The ruined nave of a once splendid Romanesque church, altered in the 13th century. The kirk is associated with the Cistercian nunnery St Mary’s, founded in Haddington before 1159.

Tantallon CastleNr North BerwickCastle
A formidable stronghold set atop cliffs on the Firth of Forth, Tantallon Castle was the seat of the Douglas Earls of Angus, one of the most powerful baronial families in Scotland. Tantallon served as a noble fortification for more than three centuries and endured three sieges. Visitors can enjoy wild flowers in season and touch the replica cannon. Refreshments are available in the visitor centre.

Thirlestane CastleLauderCastle and Park
One of Scotland’s oldest and finest castles. Holds a uniquely important place in Scottish history and home to one of the country’s most distinguished families.


 
Abbotsford HouseNr Melrose
Aikwood TowerNr Selkirk
Apple Tree Herb NurseryBirgham, Coldstream
Arniston HouseGorebridge
Aubigny Sports CentreHaddington
Ayton CastleEyemouth
Bass RockNorth Berwick
Broughton GalleryBroughton, Tweeddale
Castle JailJedburgh
Coldstream MuseumColdstream
Coldstream Tourist Information CentreColdstream
Colour Box ScotlandLauder
Cornice Museum of Ornamental Plasterwork, ThePeebles
Crumstane Farm ParkDuns
Dalkeith Country ParkDalkeith
Dawyck Botanic GardenStobo, Peebles
Drumlanrig's TowerHawick
Dunbar Tourist Information CentreDunbar
Dunbar Town House MuseumDunbar
East Links Family ParkDunbar
Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect WorldLasswade
Edinburgh Crystal Visitor CentrePenicuik
Eyemouth MuseumEyemouth
Eyemouth Tourist Information CentreEyemouth
Ferniehirst Catle Castle - ChapelJedburgh
Floors CastleKelso
Galashiels Tourist Information CentreGalashiels
Gosford HouseLongniddry
Grey Mare's TailMoffat
Halliwell's House Museum & Robson GallerySelkirk
Haretanes Visitor CentreBy Ancrum, Jedburgh
Hawick Museum & Scott GalleryHawick
Hirsel Country ParkColdstream
Hirsel, TheColdstream
Jane Welsh Carlyle MuseumHaddington
Jedburgh Castle Jail & MuseumJedburgh
Jedburgh Tourist Information CentreJedburgh
Jedburgh Woolen MillJedburgh
Jedforest Deer & Farm ParkJedburgh
Jim Clark Room, TheDuns
John Buchan CentreBroughton, Tweeddale
Kailzie GardensPeebles
Kinsman Blake CeramicsSmailholm
Kirkburn Car ParkPeebles
Kittiwake GallerySt Abbs
Lauderdale Aisle, St Mary's ChurchHaddington
Lennoxlove HouseHaddington
Liddesdale Heritage CentreNewcastleton
Lilliesleaf NurseryLinthill, Lillienleaf
Lindinney Car ParkSelkirk
Loch CentreTranent
Lochcarron of ScotlandGalashiels
Mainhill GalleryJedburgh
ManderstonDuns
Markle FisheriesMarkle
Martin GalleryMelrose
Mary Queen of Scots Visitor CentreJedburgh
Meadowmill Sports CentreTranent
Melrose Tourist Information CentreMelrose
Melville Golf CentreLasswade
Mertoun GardensMelrose
Monteviot House GardensJedburgh
Museum of FlightNr Haddington
Musselburgh Sports CentreMusselburgh
Musselburgh Tourist Information CentreMusselburgh
Myreton Motor MuseumAberlady
Neidpath CastlePeebles
Newark CastlePort Glasgow
Newcastleton ForestNewcastleton
Niddry CastleWinchburgh
North Berwick Sports CentreNorth Berwick
North Berwick Tourist Information CentreNorth Berwick
Old Gala House & Christopher Boyd GalleryGalashiels
Pavilion CinemaGalashiels
Peebles GalleryPeebles
Peebles Tourist Information CentrePeebles
Pencraig Tourist Information CentrePencraig
Penicuik Tourist Information CentrePenicuik
Prestongrange Industrial Heritage MuseumPrestonpans
Red Squirrel Car ParkPeebles
Robert Clapperton Daylight Photographic StudioSelkirk
Rosslyn ChapelRoslin
Scottish Seabird CentreNorth Berwick
Selkirk Glass Visitor CentreSelkirk
Selkirk Tourist Information CentreSelkirk
Sir Walter Scott's CourtroomSelkirk
St Mary's Parish ChurchHaddington
St Ronan's Well Interpretive CentreInnerleithen
Stable HalleryYetholm
Station Gallery & Artists' StudioMelrose
Stenton GalleryStenton
Stevenson HouseHaddington
Teddy Melrose Teddy Bear MuseumMelrose
Teviot Water GardenKelso
Thornielee Car ParkWalkerburn, Galashiels
Tom Davidson GalleryEarlston
Traquair HouseInnerleithen
Trimontium ExhibitionMelrose
Trow Woollen Weaving MillHawick
Tweeddale Museum & GalleryPeebles
Vogrie House & Country ParkGorebridge
Wilton Lodge Walled GardenHawick

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