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Scottish Borders Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

Abbotsford House

Description: This is the house built and lived in by Sir Walter Scott, novelist and author of timeless classics. The house has a fine collection of historic relics, weapons and armour, and a large library of rare volumes. Ownership: Abbotsford Trust Limited is a registered charity. Scottish Charity No SCO37425 Situation – OS ref: NT 518342 How to get there: By car: Lies between Me...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Northumberland, Scottish Borders

Alnwick Castle

Description: Owned by the Percy family since the 1300’s, it is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. In a magnificent state of preservation, it has been the location for numerous films, most recently ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves’ Ownership: Private Situation – OS ref: NU 187135 How to get there: By car: Lies just off the A1 35 mi...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Northumberland, Scottish Borders

Bamburgh Castle

Description: Dominating the Northumberland coastline, south of Lindisfarne, Bamburgh Castle is the home of the Armstrong family. Open to the public are the King’s Hall, the Cross hall, reception rooms, the Bakehouse as well as the Armoury and the Dungeon. Restored many times, the original castle dates from Anglo-Saxon times. At present, the Bamburgh Research Project is excavating near to the ...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Bowhill House & Country Park

Description: This is the Scottish Borders home of the Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry. K.T. The house itself contains an outstanding art collection, with a wide range of work from the masters, tapestries and superb French furniture, Sevres and Meissen china, and silver. Ownership: Private Situation – OS ref: NT 425278 How to get there: By car: Situated on the A708 Selkirk to Mof...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Cragside House, Gardens & Estate

Description: The home of Lord Armstrong, the Victorian engineer and landscape genius. The living exhibition of the development of technology within the home. The first house in the world to be lit by electricity. Extensive gardens, walks and a labyrinth and play area for the children. Ownership: National Trust Situation – OS ref: NU 074022 How to get there: By car: Off the B6341 Al...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in The-Lothians, Scottish Borders

Dirleton Castle and Garden

Description: The ruins of 13th century Dirleton Castle with its colourful blend of formal and contemporary gardens. Boasts the longest herbaceous border – according to the 'Guinness Book of Records'! Ownership: Historic Scotland Situation – OS ref: NT 516839 How to get there: By car: In the village of Dirleton, 3 miles west of North Berwick on the A198. By public transport:...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Duns, Scottish Borders

Greenlaw County Hall

Description: Greenlaw County Hall was built in 1829-31 to house the offices associated with the local government of Berwickshire, Greenlaw being, at that time, the county town of Berwickshire. Designed by John Cunningham, who also designed the Castle Hotel across the Square, the building became largely redundant when the management of Berwickshire was transferred to Duns in 1903. It was converte...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Eyemouth, Scottish Borders

Gunsgreen House

Description: This is the most prominent house in Eyemouth. Built about 1760, this 18th century merchant’s house, originally built by James and John Adam has a long connection with the smuggling trade. Ownership: Gunsgreen House Trust Situation – OS ref: NT 947645 How to get there: By car: Within Eyemouth town. By public transport: Regular bus services from Berwick upon Tweed. ...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Duns, Scottish Borders

Greenknowe Tower

Description: A handsome four storey tower house built to an L-shaped design in 1581. It still retains its iron gate. Formerly the property of the Gordon and Seton families, in later times it came into the ownership of the Pringles of Stichel and the Dalrymple family.. Ownership: In the care of Historic Scotland Situation – OS ref: NT 639428 How to get there: By car: Half a mi...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Newcastleton, Scottish Borders

Hermitage Castle

Description: A vast eerie edifice standing in a beautiful but isolated spot. Much restored but still has a grandeur and a malevolence in keeping with its grim past. Ownership: Historic Scotland Situation – OS ref: NY 494961 How to get there: By car: Lies off the B6399, Hawick to Newcastleton road some 6 miles north of Newcastleton. Signposted. By public transport: N/A Seasonal o...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Duns, Scottish Borders

Hume Castle

Description: A rare example of a simple courtyard castle of the 13th century, the ruined curtain walls forming the basis of a folly built in 1794 for the last Earl of Marchmont. Ownership: In the care of the Berwickshire Civic Society Situation – OS ref: NT 704413 How to get there: By car: In the village of Hume, which lies between Kelso and Greenlaw, just off the B6364 road. By p...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Northumberland, Scottish Borders

Lindisfarne Castle

Description: On Holy Island, this castle was built to protect the area against all comers. Converted into a baronial style home in 1903, by Sir Edwin Lutyens it now has a beautiful interior of antique Flemish and English furniture, porcelain and brass. Ownership: National Trust Situation – OS ref: NU 136417 How to get there: Safe crossing times. By car: Turn left, off the A1 sou...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Northumberland, Scottish Borders

Lindisfarne Priory

Description: One of the holiest Anglo-Saxon sites in England – the Cradle of Christianity. For 1300 years this has been a place of pilgrimage. Ownership: English Heritage Situation – OS ref: NU 127417 How to get there: Access limited by tides. Safe crossing times. By car: Across the tidal causeway from the mainland. Turn off the A1 south of Berwick along the road signposted Beal an...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Duns, Scottish Borders

Manderston House

Description: Manderston, which is the home of Lord and Lady Palmer, is a fine combination of Georgian style and Edwardian practicality. It is unique in having the world famous silver staircase. The Channel 4 television series ‘The Edwardian Country House’ was filmed here. Ownership: Private Situation – OS ref: NT 814545 How to get there: By car: Situated on the A6105 Duns to Chir...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Jedburgh, Scottish Borders

Mary Queen of Scots' Visitor Centre

Description: Formerly named Mary Queen of Scots House, this property tells the story of Mary Queen of Scots , her tragic life, and of her visit to Jedburgh in 1566. Audio Tours available Ownership: Scottish Borders Council Situation – OS ref: NT 651206 How to get there: By car: Within the town of Jedburgh. Just off the main street. By public transport: Within walking distance of th...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Kelso, Scottish Borders

Mellerstain House

Description: Superb Georgian House by William and Robert Adam with exquisite plaster ceilings, beautiful period furniture, and a marvellous art collection. It is the home of the Earl and Countess of Haddington. Ownership: Private - The Mellerstain Trust Situation – OS ref: NT 647390 How to get there: By car: Turn left off the A6089 Kelso to Gordon road, 6 miles north west of Kelso. ...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in The-Lothians, Scottish Borders

Rosslyn Chapel

Description: The chapel is an enigma, unique and famed throughout the world for its carvings and the aura of mystery and magic surrounding it. Rosslyn with its links to the past has a place in pilgrimage over the centuries. Contains the famous “Apprentice Pillar”. Ownership: Rosslyn Chapel Association Situation – OS ref:NT 275631 How to get there: By car: Off the A701 Edinburgh t...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Kelso, Scottish Borders

Smailholm Tower

Description: This is a well preserved and well restored border tower house dating from the 15th century. Situated on Sandyknowe Farm, it is visible for miles around. Formerly the home of the Pringles of Smailholm and later that of the Scotts of Harden, it was well known to Sir Walter Scott who came to Sandyknowe regularly to visit his grandfather. The tower was surrounded by a barmkin wall, wh...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Lauder, Scottish Borders

Thirlestane Castle

Description: One of the 7 great houses of Scotland. Originally dating from the 13th century, it became the home of the Maitland family in the 16th century. The nursery has a unique collection of historic toys. Ownership: Private – Thirlestane Castle Trust Situation – OS ref: NT 532479 How to get there: By car: On the outskirts of Lauder. Off the A68. By public transport: Short w...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Traquair House

Description: One of the 7 great houses of Scotland. It is the oldest continuously occupied house in Scotland, and was the pleasure ground of the Kings of Scotland in times of peace, and the hideaway of catholic priests during their persecution. Ownership: Private Situation – OS ref: NT 332355 How to get there: By car: Turn off the A72 at Innerleithen onto the B709 and follow the s...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in The-Lothians, Scottish Borders

Tantallon Castle

Description: A formidable stronghold set on the cliffs overlooking the Firth of Forth. Was one of the main fortresses of the Douglas Earls of Angus. Ownership: Historic Scotland Situation – OS ref: NT 597850 How to get there: By car: 3 miles east of North Berwick close to the A198. Signposted and very visible. By public transport: Regular bus services from North Berwick to Dunbar p...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Northumberland, Scottish Borders

Etal Castle

Description:A 14th century castle which will allow you to discover the history of border warfare with an inclusive and exciting personal audio tour. Ownership: English Heritage Situation – OS ref: NT 925392 How to get there: By car:In Etal Village – on B6354, Ford to Etal road. By public transport: Local bus service. Seasonal opening details (2016): End March to 30th September ...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Jedburgh, Scottish Borders

Ferniehirst Castle

Description: Built as the seat of one of the main branches of the Kerr family, it was the home of the late Marquis & Marchioness of Lothian. Ownership: Private Situation – OS ref: NT 652179 How to get there: By car: Just off the A68, one mile south of Jedburgh. By public transport: Intercity buses between Edinburgh and Newcastle stop at Ferniehirst Castle road end. Season...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Kelso, Scottish Borders

Floors Castle and Gardens

Description: Floors is the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and the home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe and their family. Ownership: Private Situation: In the town of Kelso. OS ref: NT 711346 How to get there: By car: Up Roxburgh Street from Kelso Square. Gates are facing you. By public transport: Kelso has excellent bus services linking to Edinburgh, Berwick upon Tw...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Neidpath Castle

Description: A medieval castle situated in a glorious spot on the Tweed, with displays of interest, and wall hangings depicting the life of Mary Queen of Scots. Former seat of the Fraser, Hay and Do...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Berwick, Scottish Borders

Norham Castle

Description: The massive remains of one the border strongholds on the banks of the Tweed, which protected Northumberland from the marauding Scots. Ownership: English Heritage Situation – OS ref...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Old Melrose Monastic Walk

Join a guided walk through 200 years of history including the site of the original Melrose Abbey. First Monday of the summer months at Old Melrose Furniture Studio and Tearoom. TD6 9DF. 1.30pm till 3.30pm. Adult £2, Children Free. No booking required Contact: 01835 822823 ...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Description: The Official Residence of Her Majesty the Queen Ownership: Private – The Official Residences of the Queen. Situation – OS ref: NT 269739 How to get there: By car: In Holyrood Park, at foot of Royal Mile. Car parking alongside. By public transport: Buses number 35, 64 and open-topped tour buses stop nearby. Seasonal opening details (2010): The Palace is open daily E...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Berwick, Scottish Borders

Paxton House & Country Park

Description: Built in 1758 by John and James Adam, Paxton House is one of the finest 18th century Palladian country houses in Britain. The interiors by Robert Adam are matched by the largest collection of Chippendale furniture in Scotland, and the regency furniture by Trotter of Edinburgh. The House lies in the heart of 80 acres of landscaped gardens, parkland and woodland. The riverside walk...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Scottish Borders Historical-Buildings