Great days out in the beautiful Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders offer an amazing range of great days out and weekends away for all the family – and for museum, culture and history lovers alike.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is an ideal starting point in Galashiels, where you can discover 420 million years of Scotland’s history, heritage, innovation and culture. The brainchild of author Alexander McCall Smith and designed by artist Andrew Crummy, it is one of the world’s largest community arts projects and was handstitched by a team of 1,000 stitchers from across Scotland. Booking is recommended. 

Another must-see visit in Galashiels is to Old Gala House, reopening for the 2024 season on 22 June. Set within peaceful gardens, its incredible painted wooden panelled ceiling – which dates back to 1635 – is particularly impressive and is one of around only thirty Scottish-style Renaissance ceilings that remain intact. 

If it’s a one-stop 5* visit you’re after, consider the impressive Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns. Discover the story of Scotland’s first Formula One World Champion – one of the greatest racing drivers of all time. During a career lasting over 11 years, Jim Clark won two world titles, conquered the Indy 500 and won many other races around the world during the 1950s and 60s. This vibrant and interactive visitor attraction is a must for motor racing fans and everyone looking for a great day out. 

Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom is one of our direct links to the great Scottish writer. An iconic building and museum located within Selkirk’s historic Market Place, dating back to 1804 with a 100-foot-high spire.

Selkirk is also home to Halliwell’s House Museum, an atmospheric 18th century building situated in the narrow, cobbled Halliwell’s Close. Part of the oldest surviving row of dwellings in Selkirk, it tells the story of the town and its long history, including its common riding.

Hawick is a town internationally renowned for its knitwear, and the 16th century Borders Textile Towerhouse is located at its heart. The venue brings to life over 200 years of tradition and innovation in the local woollen industries through displays of fashion, artefacts, photographs, and film.

While in Hawick, visit the beautiful Wilton Lodge Park and Hawick Museum. The museum is situated within an 18th century mansion – the oldest museum in the Scottish Borders. The artefacts and fine works of art on show are not only about Hawick, but are a window on the world with displays about Ancient Egypt, archaeology and nature.

A fantastic place to visit for the kids, the jail is an imposing castle where visitors can explore what life was like in an 1820s prison. Close by is the fabulous Mary Queen of Scots’ Visitor Centre – a 16th century tower house telling the story of Scotland’s tragic queen. 

To find out more about these attractions and others such as St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre, Coldstream Museum and Peebles Library, Museum and Gallery visit:   

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