Scottish Borders

Edinburgh Bound

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Overview

Start in Jedburgh before exploring the lovely Tweed valley. Take in Fatlips Castle, Monteviot House and Dryburgh, before arriving in Melrose. Detour to see the house and estate of Bowhill before arriving in Galashiels. Explore the town, Traquair House and Kailzie Gardens before finishing in Peebles.

Jedburgh

The ancient town, created as a Royal Burgh in the 12th century, is a gateway to Scotland containing over 100 listed buildings with the dominating remains of the 12th century Augustine Abbey, the Castle Jail and Museum and the Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre.

Fatlips Castle

A pele tower situated at the top of Minto Crags, above the River Teviot, it was built in the 16th century by the Turnbulls of Barnhills, notorious Border Reivers. The curious name is allegedly linked to an old castle custom permitting visitors to kiss one of their hosts.

Monteviot House & Gardens

The House is surrounded by a series of wonderful Gardens against the background of the curving and winding River Teviot and the hills beyond. Monteviot itself is an ancient site, and the present house began as an early-Eighteenth Century lodge developed later in the 18th Century into a model Palladian villa. The home of Lord Lothian the house is only open briefly in the summer.

Dryburgh Valley

The ruins on the banks of the River Tweed are remarkably complete and surrounded by beautiful grounds. First established in 1150, it was burned by English troops in 1322, after which it was restored only to be again burned by Richard II in 1385, but it flourished in the fifteenth century. It was finally destroyed in 1544.

Melrose

Located next to the Eildon Hills and the birthplace of Rugby Sevens. Ruined Melrose Abbey dates from 1136. The Romans built a major fort nearby named Trimontium. The Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre houses a Museum dedicated to Roman life in Scotland. Harmony Gardens is a beautiful walled garden and nearby is Sir Walter Scott's romantic mansion of Abbotsford.

Bowhill

Detour to see the present house at Bowhill set in a wonderful landscape, it dates mainly from 1812 and was greatly expanded during the 19th century. The House’s superb art treasures, including 18th century hand-painted Chinese wallpapers, numerous famous paintings and thousands of books are also now safe for future generations.

Galashiels

Galashiels has been the centre of the tartan, tweed and woollen industries since medieval times and is one of the largest towns in the Borders. Its past is recreated every June during the Braw Lad’s Gathering. A statue to the Border Reveirs or band of lawless raiders can be seen at the foot of the clock tower.

Traquair House

Scotland’s oldest inhabited house dating from 1107 and lived in by the Stuart family since 1491. Originally a royal hunting lodge, Traquair played host to Mary Queen of Scots and later as staunch Catholics they supported the Jacobite cause without counting the cost. The garden, maze and onsite brewery make this an interesting place to visit.

Kailzie Gardens

The walled gardens date from 1812 and benefit from a lovely setting looking over the rolling hills in the distance. Apart from the gardens, principal attractions for a day out include live viewing of the Tweed Valley Ospreys (Easter to end of August) at the Watch Centre, the restaurant, a larder shop, and plant sales.

Peebles

The historic core - the Old Town - lies to the west of the junction of the River Tweed and Eddleston Water. With fine buildings, some dating from the 11th century the town is full of relics from times gone by, including an old Mercat Cross and the ruined Cross Kirk as well as a more modern celebration of local author John Buchan.

Overview

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Jedburgh

2
7.8 miles

Fatlips Castle

3
5.2 miles

Monteviot House & Gardens

4
9.6 miles

Dryburgh Valley

5
7.6 miles

Melrose

6
11.0 miles

Bowhill

7
9.7 miles

Galashiels

8
13.3 miles

Traquair House

9
4.8 miles

Kailzie Gardens

10
3.2 miles

Peebles

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About the Edinburgh Bound Trail

Distance: 72 miles
Cites / Towns: 10
Number Of Businesses: 0

On one of the historic routes into Scotland the trail starts in Jedburgh before exploring the lovely Tweed valley. Fatlips Castle is followed by a chance to explore the gardens at Monteviot House and on to Dryburgh, before arriving in Melrose. A slight detour to see the house and estate of Bowhill before continuing to Galashiels. After exploring the town, the impressive Traquair House and Kailzie Gardens await the visitor before ending the trail in Peebles.

The Border Abbeys

The Scottish Borders are home to a number of ruined, yet magnificent Abbeys, all founded in the 12th Century. The best known four are Jedburgh, Melrose, Kelso and Dryburgh Abbey. Their story is one from building, attacks by the English and then rebuilding. But most of all it’s a story of various orders of Monks who represented their order to live in their holy abbeys and practice their religion.

Salmon Fishing

The crystal clear waters of the River Tweed flow east across the Border region of Scotland through most of the main towns of the region. The Tweed is one of the great salmon rivers of Britain. Tweed (cloth) derives its name from its association with the River Tweed.

Local Authors

John Buchan spent many summer holidays with his maternal grandparents in the Scottish Borders. There he developed a love for walking and for the local scenery and wildlife, both of which are often featured in his novels. Sir Walter Scott set many of his novels in the area including Waverley, a tale of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion.