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Great Golf Courses »

The Lothians and Borders are one of Scotland’s most famous golfing venues, the coast has a wealth of links courses including world famous Muirfield. Inland are superb championship courses.

Inchcolm Abbey

Known as the ‘Iona of the East’ this beautiful 12th century abbey, on an island in the middle of the Firth of Forth is exceptionally well preserved. A ferry service to the island operates from South Queensferry.

Inchcolm Abbey
Maid of the Forth

Great Gardens

Mandatory at many a stately home and castle: a splendid garden. Enjoy the colours at Manderston, The Hirsel, Dirleton and several more, includling the magnificent rhododendrons and trees of Dawyck.

Gardens in Lothians & Borders

Melrose Abbey © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. Border Abbeys

Famous for the four splendid abbeys of Melrose, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Kelso, the Borders and Lothians have many equally fascinating old churches.

Abbeys, Churches & Cathedrals in Lothians & Borders

Historic Towns »

Tune in to the special sense of community of the Borders towns or discover the small fishing ports of the East Lothian coast.

Bass Rock

This guano spattered rock rising 107m out of the sea is a conspicuous feature of the East Lothian horizon. Once a state prison, it is now home to one of the world’s largest gannet colonies. There are regular boat trips round the Bass from North Berwick.

Bass Rock Cruises
Bass Rock Nature Reserve

Superb Fishing »

Scotland’s most productive salmon and sea trout river system, an amazing variety of loch and river fishing for trout, plentiful coarse fishing and the challenge of bass and mullet in salt water. An angler’s menu does not come much better than this!

Wildlife of Lothian & Borders »

Seabird colonies on the Bass Rock and St Abb's Head, moorland birds on the open uplands, riverside woodland ringing with spring birdsong - plenty of wildlife interest in the Lothians and Borders.

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