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!