Traquair House

A short distance away on the road to Innerleither, Traquair House dated back to 1107. Extensive grounds, a maze, craft workshops and a restaurant and brewery.

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Paxton House

An outstation of the National Galleries of Scotland, Paxton House is set in 80 acres of estate. Check the web site for information on concerts, theatre events and children’s events. Take a tour of the house or enjoy the adventure playground. Check out the museum of net fishing on the River Tweed.  Click here for more information. 54 miles/1.5 hours drive.

Bowhill House & Country Estate

The home of our neighbour, The Duke of Buccleuch. The house is open in July and August but you will have to book outside those months. Many events take place at Bowhill including bird feeding with the rangers, guided walks, arranged bike rides, night walks to see the bats and lots of activities for the kids. If your name is Scott and you can prove it, you get in free!  Click here for more information. 14 miles/27 minutes drive.

Thirlestane Castle

With it’s origins in the 13th century, Thirlstane is the home of the Maitland family who came to Scotland from France. with William the Conqueror in 1606. Many must sees in this castle and the grounds including Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Room. Castle tours are available and there is an adventure playground for the kids. A great spot for picnics. Click here for more information. 35 miles/1 hour drive.

Floors Castle

Overlooking the River Tweed, Floors Castle is probably one of the most impressive big houses in the Borders. Built in 1721, it’s still home to the 10th Duke of Roxburgh. Check the Walled Garden and the Garden Centre. We recommend the Woodland Walk. Click here for more information. 25 miles/1 hour drive.

Abbotsford House

The home of Sir Walter Scot. See the architecture and enjoy the walled and Morris Gardens.

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