Scottish Borders Journals

You take the High Road....

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A travel journal to Scottish Borders by fizzytom

Quote: The Scottish Borders teem with picturesque and historic market towns, grand castles, stately homes, and lush, peaceful expanses of forest.

You take the High Road....

Overview

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Step back in time in grand country houses like Traquhair and Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter of Scott; as well as the lovingly maintained houses each property stands in acres of fabulous landscaped grounds. Make time to wander through bustling and thriving market towns such as Galashiels, Melrose and Jedburgh. Stop off at a traditional Scottish pub to sample some great home cooking and a drop of whisky.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: Buses aren't bad between towns but it might be more difficult to get to the smaller villages and castles. A car is your best bet to explore really well but the area is good for cyclists with some good trails and you can pick up the R...Read More

Abbotsford House

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Attraction | "Abbotsford - Home of Sir Walter Scott"

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Abbotsford is a place I just can't decide on. If you are a fan of Sir Walter Scott, I would say you should definitely visit, but otherwise I think that the place has a rather limited appeal. Certainly it is an attractive property that at least merits a look even if you decide against viewing the interior. In 1812, Scott bought a farmhouse on the banks of the Tweed, which he renamed Abbotsford. He devised some plans for redeveloping the house but this was not carried out until 1818. In 1822 the old house was completely demolished and was replaced by the main block of what we see today. It is splendid dwelling -- a castellated mansion with turrets, battlements, and corbie-stepped gables. It seems ...Read More

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Abbotsford House
Scottish Borders
Roxburghshire, Melrose, Scotland TD6 9BQ
44 (0)1896 752043

Selkirk Glass Visitor Centre

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Situated just outside of the town of Selkirk (and well signposted), this place held great fascination for me as a child and the magic hasn't gone. Here you can watch the craftsmen make beautiful glass paperweights and small ornamental vases using traditional methods. If you check in advance you may also be able to coincide your visit with one of the occasional opportunities for visitors to try their hand (closely supervised, of course). The Centre is open from around 9am each day and closes at 5pm or 4pm, depending on the time of year (check leaflets or with the Centre for details). You can walk around independently so you don't have to wait for a tour to start. Visitors stand behind ...Read More

Jedburgh - Gateway to Scotland

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As a child, I would get really excited if a day trip to Jedburgh was in the offing. The reason for my delight was my fascination with a roadside shop as you come into Jedburgh from the south which claims to be the first shop in Scotland and the last shop in England. This shop is full of tartan tourist wares and traditional Scottish sweets like many of the shops in Jedburgh, however there is so much more to the town than a tourist trap. Jedburgh is the major town for a wide rural area and so this is reflected in the shops and services it has to offer. Sadly after floods in the 1940s passenger trains stopped coming to Jedburgh so your best bet is to come by bus or by car. A fairly good bus servic...Read More

Selkirk -- a bonny town

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Selkirk lies some 40 miles south east of Edinburgh and can be reached from the city by train. It's a pleasant town situated in an area which is steeped in history. In fact, it was in Selkirk that "Braveheart" himself, William Wallace, was declared "Guardian of Scotland." Another famous Scotsman with Selkirk connections was Sir Walter Scott, who was Sheriff of the town for 33 years. You can visit his former courtroom, where there is quite a good audiovisual presentation which tells about Scott's association with the area. The visitors' attractions in Selkirk are fairly low-key and understated, but worth a visit all the same. One such place is "Halliwell's House," which is Selkirk's olde...Read More