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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

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

Castle Country »

From imposing coastal fortresses to the most grand of stately homes there is a wide choice of superb buildings to visit in the Lothians and Borders.

Speciality Shops

Browse around the market towns - lots of small-scale shops with local country crafts. Watch for road-side signs too - then you’ll find, for example, a honey-farm!

Speciality Shops in Lothians & Borders

Festivals and Events

Rugby Sevens, point-to-points, jazz festivals, agricultural shows, games, rallies and the special Common Ridings - events of all kinds represent the Borders’ culture.

Festivals & Events 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.

Marine Reserve

Unusually clear waters, plus an overlap of species at northern or southern limits, make the waters around St Abb's Head especially attractive for divers.