1. Talla Reservoir, Tweedsmuir
This two-mile-long reservoir on the head waters of the Talla Water is simply stunning – and excellent for catching brown trout!
Where: DG10 9LE
This ruin, known as “the guardhouse of the bloodiest valley in Britain”, has many tales to tell – from romance to black magic and ghosts.
Where: TD9 0LU
3. Fast Castle, Berwickshire
If you want drama, a walk here has it in bucketloads. One of the most thrilling in southern Scotland.
Where: TD14 5TY
This outstanding stately home is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Scotland.
Where: TD3 6LG
Enjoy a collection of more than 400 vessels from around the world – and tales of mankind afloat.
Where: TD14 5HY
This historic spa has connections with the great Scottish writers, Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg. The surrounding gardens are stunning.
Where: EH44 6JE
Covering 107 acres, the Langland family’s ancestral home has riverside walks, gardens, greenhouses, and a scented garden.
Where: TD9 7LG
A ancient five-storey towerhouse with 7ft-thick walls which houses a museum of dolls and tapestries.
Where: TD5 7PG
9. Ancrum Caves
Have fun exploring this group of caves which may have been used as early as the middle of the 16th Century.
Where: TD8 6XH
10. Mermaid’s Well, Whiteburn
This charming old well, next to the Mermaid’s Pool, is hidden away near Dod Mill, but well worth a look.
Where: TD2 6SQ
11. Melrose Abbey
You’ll want to see where Robert the Bruce’s heart was buried – but it’s a sprawling old site so ask the staff at the visitor centre on the way in to give you a heads-up.
Where: TD6 9LG
From a herb garden and rose garden to a river garden, all connected by bridges, this stunning setting in the Borders is the perfect place to kick back and relax.
Where: TD8 6UG
Where Sir Walter Scott, author of classics such as The Heart Of Midlothian and Rob Roy, dispensed justice.
Where: TD7 4BT
A museum dedicated to Jim Clark, twice Formula 1 World Champion and one of the greatest drivers ever.
Where: TD11 3AU
This garden specialises in flowers suitable for drying and the orchard grows unusual apple varieties. The picnic areas and walks are gorgeous on a sunny day.
Where: TD6 9PX