Lothian & Scottish Borders

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This is The Scottish Borders!


Rolling hills, empty moorland, quiet valleys and a rocky coastline with secluded coves and fishing villages. Most people visiting Scotland only pay lip service to this  region and rush on northwards.

True, no dramatic Highland mountain scenery so often associated with Scotland, but you will find small bustly towns and picturesque villages, as well as the castles, abbeys, stately homes and museums that illustrate the exciting and often bloody history of the region.

For tranquillity and a more relaxed pace of life: Lothian & Scottish Borders. Why don't you drive along the Heart of the Borders Trail, or, if you're a dedicated walker: The Berwickshire Coastal Path or the Borders Abbeys Way could be up your alley.

Site rating:

Although the featured attractions, sites and landmarks are always chosen by me, I have made a serious effort to differentiate 4 levels:


  • (***) This is, for whatever reason, a very personal favourite! Will definitely be on my itinerary! Could possibly be disappointing for someone else though.


  • (**)   A major must-see tourist attraction that you can find in many a brochure.


  • (*)     Worth seeing and possibly interesting if you happen to be in the vicinity.


  • (-)     A hefty dollop of imagination is a must, but it might be interesting if you know the background.

My very personal selection:

Location: Crichton / Plus code: R2Q5+RMQ Pathhead

Location: Dirleton / Plus code: 26WC+8F9 North Berwick

Location: Dryburgh / Plus code: H9G2+R4W Melrose

Location: Abbey St Bathans / Plus code: RJPP+68F Duns

Location: Dowlaw / Plus code: WQJG+VC Eyemouth

Location: East Linton / Plus code: X8F8+4MV Haddington

Location: Hermitage / Plus code: 7644+CJC Hawick

Location: Jedburgh / Plus code: FCGW+J6R Jedburgh

Location: Melrose / Plus code: H7XJ+PPH Melrose

Location: Bemersyde / Plus code: J923+387 Melrose

Location: Smailholm / Plus code: JC3F+PF3 Kelso

Location: North Berwick / Plus code: 384X+HW7 North Berwick

And than there are.......

Location: Melrose / Plus code: H6X8+VJG Melrose

Location: Ancrum / Plus code: G9QW+W6W Melrose

Location: Athelstaneford / Plus code: X6PX+HV5 North Berwick

Location: Blackness / Plus code: 2F4M+9GF Linlithgow

Location: Blackridge / Plus code: V6Q4+C5J Bathgate

Location: Borthwick / Plus code: RXGR+PQX Gorebridge

Location: Carberry / Plus code: WX8W+8CP Musselburgh

Location: Cessford / Plus code: GH5M+3QM Kelso

Location: Romannobridge / Plus code: MMG9+X3V West Linton

Location: Dryhope / Plus code: GR6Q+9CV Selkirk

Location: Dunbar / Plus code: 2F4M+C45 Dunbar

Location: Jedburgh / Plus code: FC3X+RJG Jedburgh

Location: Gordon / Plus code: MCHG+573 Gordon

Location: Kelso / Plus code: HJXW+XFR Kelso

Location: Innerwick / Plus code: XH4F+7JF Dunbar

Location: Jedburgh / Plus code: FCFR+MCQ Jedburgh

Location: Teviothead / Plus code: 83P5+PV7 Hawick

Location: Kelso / Plus code: HHW9+X42 Kelso

Location: Ladykirk / Plus code: PRFC+2HM Berwick-upon-Tweed

Location: Linlithgow / Plus code: XCH2+FHX Linlithgow

Location: Abercorn / Plus code: XGR6+W9G South Queensferry

Location: Peebles / Plus code: MQ2P+J3C Peebles

Location: Selkirk / Plus code: H33J+V4M Selkirk

Location: Selkirk / Plus code: G4VM+HHW Selkirk

Location: Longniddry / Plus code: X4MP+9Q9 Longniddry

Location: Kelso / Plus code: HGWV+JG7 Kelso

Location: Whitekirk / Plus code: 29G2+3C3 Dunbar

Location: Cappercleugh / Plus code: FQCV+G32 Selkirk

Location: Swinton / Plus code: PPCV+P2X Duns

Location: Drumelzier / Plus code: HJWP+CCP Biggar

Location: Traquair / Plus code: JW5M+4V4 Innerleithen

Location: Gifford / Plus code: V7RQ+FG7 Haddington