LOCAL HISTORIC HOUSES

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Floors Castle near Kelso

Floors Castle was originally built for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe, in 1721. The Castle was first opened to the public in 1977. Since then it has welcomed well over a million visitors.  It is still very much a family home for the Duke of Roxburghe and his family and we know you will enjoy visiting if you get the chance.

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Bowhill House & Estate, Selkirk


For more than seven centuries the Scotts of Buccleuch have been part of Scottish Borders history and their principal house, Bowhill is today home to the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry and a part of the internationally renowned Buccleuch art collection.

Bowhill sits at the heart of an energetic country estate amidst the magical scenery of the Yarrow and Ettrick valleys.
 
Bowhill Country Estate is open weekends and bank holidays in April, May and June.  The House and Country Estate is open to the public every day in July and August.  For more information about opening please see...

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Traquair House, Traquair, Innerleithen


Dating back to 1107, Traquair was originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland. Later a refuge for Catholic priests in times of terror the Stuarts of Traquair supported Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite cause without counting the cost.

Today, Traquair is a unique piece of living history welcoming visitors from all over the world, providing a magical and romantic setting for weddings, hosting a wide range of summer events and a superb venue for corporate groups. 

Visitors are invited to enjoy the house, extensive grounds, maze, craft workshops, 1745 Cottage Restaurant and the famous Traquair House Brewery housed in the eighteenth century wing and producing the world famous Traquair House Ales.

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Abbotsford, Melrose


Abbotsford is the exclusive creation of Sir Walter Scott. 

His “Conundrum Castle” was where Scotland’s greatest son created a notion of Scotland that was more romantic perhaps, but also higher, more honourable, more noble than it had been in the past, and inconsequence, raised Scotland’s reputation in the world. Here he worked diligently and the result was the legend of a great man which exists for so many people across the world to the present day.

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Thirlestane Castle, Lauder

Thirlestane has it's origins in the 13th Century.   It was rebuilt as the Maitland family home in 1590 and greatly enhanced by the Duke of Lauderdale in the 1670s. In 1840, it was extended and refurbished with the addition of two new wings. 

The Maitlands are a famous Scottish family who first came to Britain from France with William the Conqueror. As the seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale, the Castle has at times held a central role in the history of Scotland. Now in the care of a Charitable Trust, Thirlestane has been carefully restored to its former splendour.

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