In the heart of the Scottish Borders, there is always somewhere new to visit, and Bedrule Old Manse is conveniently located, giving you the perfect opportunity to see some of the incredible locations north of the border.

The beautiful market town of Jedburgh is home to Jedburgh Abbey, Jedburgh Castle Jail, and Mary Queen of Scots’ House, which houses the museum devoted to Mary Stuart that was opened on the 400th anniversary of her death.

A few short miles away from Jedburgh is Born in the Borders, a fascinating visitors centre which has regular activities, as well as a distillery and brewery on its grounds. If you fancy a spot of bird watching, you can do so in the comfort of the Born in the Borders Cafe, which has a live feed from their very own osprey nest!

Nearby Hawick is famous for its high-quality knitwear – visit Pringle, Johnson’s of Elgin, Lovat, and others to stock up on cashmere and woolens. Hawick Museum, set in river-side Wilton Lodge Park, has regular art exhibitions as well as permanent displays on the knitwear industry and local motorcycle heroes Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop.

Rugby fans may prefer a trip to Melrose, the home of Rugby Sevens. Yes, the Melrose Cup is named after the town! Off the rugby pitch, you can visit historic Melrose Abbey where the heart of Robert the Bruce is buried, or the delightful shops and cafes of the high street. Also nearby is Abbotsford, the ornate house and gardens built by Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott.

A quick trip to Selkirk will give you the opportunity to visit Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom Museum, while the historic market town of Kelso is a beautiful area to visit, boasting a wide selection of shops and places to eat.

For a real treat, the little village of Denholm hides a true treasure. Denholm Antiques and Interiors will help you find that special something to take home as a gift to a loved one. You may even find a little something for yourself while you’re there!

If you have a passion for stately homes and historic castles, there is a wide selection of country houses and castles that are just a short drive away from Bedrule Old Manse.

  • Mellerstain House, which took over fifty years to complete, is said to be Robert Adam's finest work. The Library is a true highlight of this Classical home.
  • Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland, has some magical walks to offer, as well as an enchanting collection of fine art, pottery, and tapestries on display.
  • Manderston House is a superb example of a stately Scottish Edwardian home, with 56 acres of formal gardens, and boasting the only silver staircase in the world.
  • Thirlstaine Castle has a rich and vibrant history, as well as stunning grounds and a tea room that serves delicious cream teas.

For the sportspeople who stay with us, in addition to our on-site fishing, there are two excellent golf courses nearby at Minto and Jedburgh, both of which boast a full 18 hole courses and rich club history.

Those who enjoy the equestrian scene will be captivated by the historic Return to the Ridings, which celebrates the tradition of landowners on the borders riding up and down their boundaries in order to protect the land from outlaws and cattle thieves.

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