Our top tips for the perfect trip to the Borders
Recommendations for couples
From engaging with the rich history of the Borders in our museums, to checking out our current exhibitions featuring local artists, a pit-stop in one of our quality cafés or strolling through the Teviot Valley, we definitely have you covered for the perfect trip to the Borders.
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre: Nestled in the Ancrum countryside in the heart of the Scottish Borders, Harestanes is the perfect place to unwind and explore the Teviot Valley. Whether taking in the scenery on one of our walks or indulging in a little retail therapy, Harestanes offers something for everyone. Make sure you also visit our delicious café, full of locally-sourced and home-baked goods. See more by clicking here.
Heart of Hawick: Perfect for those dreich Scottish days, Heart of Hawick has you covered whatever the weather, with its cinema hosting an exciting assortment of live music, films, exhibitions and other events each month. Our café bar offers the perfect accompaniment to your entertainment, from locally-roasted coffee to gourmet hot dogs and cinema treats. To see the latest programme, please visit our Heart of Hawick page. Top tip: if crafts are your thing, be sure to check out our Borders Textile Towerhouse next door to complete your visit.
Mary Queen of Scots’ Visitor Centre: Set in the centre of historic Jedburgh, this 16th century towerhouse tells the story of Scotland’s tragic queen. Mary’s month here in 1566 was a turning point in her life. A fine display of paintings, objects and textiles associated with her explores not only her life and times, but the cult that has grown up around her. You can also head up the road to see Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum to see what life was like in a Georgian prison.
Tweeddale Museum and Gallery: Established by William Chambers, one of the founders of the famous publishing house, this striking building is home to a museum and gallery, which host an engaging programme of exhibitions and events all-year-round. Extraordinary plasterwork features alongside exhibitions looking at the history of Peebles and the surrounding area.
Hawick Museum: Hawick Museum is set in a park-land location with fascinating displays that reflect the history of Hawick and its people. The 18th century mansion house is home to objects and fine works of art collected that are not just about Hawick, but a window on the world. There is also a lively programme of exhibitions and events for all ages, find out more here.
Old Gala House: Set in beautifully landscaped grounds near the centre of Galashiels, Old Gala House is an impressive building dating back to 1583. Once home to the Lairds of Galashiels, the house is now a vibrant museum and gallery which tells the story of the town and its people. With a programme of changing exhibitions and events, click here for more information.