15 hidden gems in The Borders

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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 


2. Hermitage Castle, Newcastleton

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


4. Mellerstain House & Garden, Gordon

This outstanding stately home is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Scotland.

Where: TD3 6LG

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(Alamy Stock Photo)

5. Eyemouth Maritime Centre

Enjoy a collection of more than 400 vessels from around the world – and tales of mankind afloat.

Where: TD14 5HY

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(Alamy Stock Photo)

6. St Ronan’s Wells, Innerleithen

This historic spa has connections with the great Scottish writers, Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg. The surrounding gardens are stunning.

Where: EH44 6JE


7. Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick

Covering 107 acres, the Langland family’s ancestral home has riverside walks, gardens, greenhouses, and a scented garden.

Where: TD9 7LG


8. Smailholm Tower, Kelso

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

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(Jan Gooderham/GettyImages/iStockPhoto)

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


12. Monteviot House Gardens, Jedburgh

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


13. Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom, Selkirk

Where Sir Walter Scott, author of classics such as The Heart Of Midlothian and Rob Roy, dispensed justice.

Where: TD7 4BT 


14. Jim Clark Museum, Duns

A museum dedicated to Jim Clark, twice Formula 1 World Champion and one of the greatest drivers ever.

Where: TD11 3AU

Flowers in the walled garden Priorwood Melrose Scottish Borders Scotland

15. Priorwood Garden, Melrose

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


Want to explore more of Scotland? Head to our Scottish Gems section.