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There are lots of places to visit in the Borders.
This is a small selection of a few that are within twenty minute drive. All of the places below are worth a visit.
Whilst you are staying at the Bairnkine ask for our other recommendations for places to visit, there are so many, whether you want a relaxing, chill-out day by a river with a picnic or a historic packed day at an historic house or castle.
Mary Queen of Scots' Visitor Centre
Mary, Queen of Scots Visitor Centre, a late 16th century tower house in the centre of historic Jedburgh, reflects the proud association of the town with 'Queen Mary,' who stayed here in 1566. A wonderful collection of objects associated with Mary has been gathered and put on show, reflecting the cult that has grown up around her.
Each room has a different focus. The Rogues' Gallery introduces the
individuals in the drama of Mary's life, whilst the Last Letter Room
reveals Mary's final thoughts.
The period feel inside the house has been preserved, while thoughtful design allows the story of Mary's life to be told in a lively way. Admission is Free. Opening Times are:
1 March - 24 March: 10:00 - 15:00,
25 March - 3 November: Monday - Saturday 09:30 - 17:30 Sunday - 10:00 - 15:00
4 November - 30 November: 10:00 - 15:00.
Jedburgh Castle Jail
Jedburgh Castle Jail gives visitors a taste of what life was like in an 1820s prison, whilst also telling the story of the Royal Burgh of Jedburgh.
The main building of Jedburgh Castle Jail is home to the museum collection of the town of Jedburgh. The focus of the exhibitions are on traditions, industries and important individuals of this historic Scottish town, with historical artefacts, prints and paintings and a temporary exhibition space.
You can walk through the original cell blocks of this Georgian jail - the finest remaining Howard reform prison in Scotland. Children can dress up and enjoy activities. Admission is Free. Opening Times are:
25 March - 3 November. Monday – Saturday 10:00 - 16:30. Sunday 10:00 - 15:00.
Jedburgh Abbey is one of four great abbeys established in the Scottish Borders in the 1100s. Built over more than 70 years, Jedburgh Abbey is striking for its unusual mix of Romanesque and early Gothic architecture.
1 Apr – 30th sept – 9.30 to 5.30pm,
1st Oct to 31st Mar – 10am ti 4pm. Admittance charge
The Borders Distillery
The Borders Distillery is the first Scotch Whisky Distillery to operate legally since 1837.
Located in the middle of Hawick, it is housed in fully restored Victorian industrial buildings. Great care was taken to preserve the built heritage of the site and many original features were retained.
It is open from Monday to Saturday and tours run every hour on the hour starting at 10:00 to 16:00. Tours cost £12 and feature a guided tour of the building, the distillery and a dram.
Born in The Borders
Born in The Borders is a great place to visit, at Lanton Mill.
It has a café and restaurant, a food and drink shop and a brewery and distillery.
There are usually activities for children to do including Grass Sledging.
Welcome to Harestanes
Whether taking in the scenery on one of the walks, savouring a homebaked treat in the café, indulging in a little retail therapy or running around the play park, Harestanes offers something for everyone.-
Beautiful countryside and a great outdoor play park mean there’s always lots to do, whatever the weather.
Admission is free. Opening times are daily from 10am - 5pm from the 1 April to 31 October