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Stately Homes


Abbotsford House

The magnificent home of Sir Walter Scott on the banks of the Tweed. One of Scotland's greatest writers, he found much of his inspiration at Abbotsford.

Floors Castle

Scotlands largest inhabited castle at Kelso was built for the lst Duke of Roxburghe in 1721. Visit the castle, gardens, restaurant, plant centre and the many events held there.

Paxton House

One of the Scotland's finest neo-palladian houses, near Berwick-on-Tweed, Paxton house was built between 1758-1763 for Patrick Home. Over seventy paintings, Chippendale furniture and an extensive costume collection.

Manderston House

John Kinross's superb Edwardian country house built for Sir James Miller is a short distance from Duns. The magnificent marble staircase, silver plated balustrade and solid brass rail were inspired by Madame de Pompadour's staircase at the Petit Trianon at Versailles.

Mellerstain House and Gardens

Built in 1725 by William Adam, and completed by Robert Adam, Mellerstain House and stunning gardens are 13 kilometres north of Kelso. Splendid interiors, classical plasterwork and paintings, it is a setting and place of exquisite beauty. Currently the home of the 13th Earl and Countess of Haddington.

Bamburgh Castle

Spanning nine acres of land on its rocky plateau high above the Northumberland coastline, Bamburgh is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country.

Hermitage Castle

The castle is semi-ruined and near Newcastleton. Built around 1240 it is one of the most sinister places in Scotland. Its name is thought to be derived from the old French word l'armitage, meaning guardhouse.

Smailholm Tower

This well preserved 16th century tower near Kelso has an exhibition of tapestries and costumes. Sir Walter Scott drew many of his inspirations from Smailholm and is buried at nearby Dryburgh Abbey.


This was the first house in the world to use hydroelectric power. It is built into a rocky hillside above a large forested area with one of the largest rock gardens in Europe, and a large collection of mostly coniferous trees.

Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre

A late 16th Century Tower in the centre of the historic town of Jedburgh reflects the proud association of the town with Queen Mary who stayed here in 1566.
    Anthony Babington (1561-1586) was convicted of plotting the assassination of Elizabeth I of England and conspiring with the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots. The Babington Plot and Mary's involvement in it were the basis of the treason charges against her which led to her execution.
    Anthony Babington is related to Maggie Babington, the present owner of Babington's Cottage.

Abbotsford House Floors Castle Mellerstain House and Gardens Bamburgh Castle Hermitage Castle Smailholm Tower rises above the open hillside Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre, Jedburgh Manderston House Manderston House