Morag Dunbar, Scottish Driver-Guide and an accredited Scottish Blue Badge Tourist Guide - Suilven Mountain in the late summer sunshine

Scottish Borders

Guided Tours of Scotland’s Borders

Standing on the Scotland/England borderThis personal guided tour of the Borders can be taken as a day tour or built into an extended private tour of Scotland.

A guided tour of the scenically attractive Borders region with its romantic connections with Sir Walter Scott and its turbulent history featuring the Border Reivers is a must.  A one-day tour could include a number of visitor attractions such as the recently-refurbished Abbotsford House (former home of Sir Walter Scott) with its new Visitor Centre and one or more of the Border Abbeys Melrose, Dryburgh, Jedburgh and Kelso. [Sir Walter’s grave is at Dryburgh Abbey and Robert the Bruce’s heart is reputed to be buried at Melrose Abbey.]

Melrose Abbey with Catharyn & Ted Von EndeAlso worth a visit is Floors Castle (present-day home of the Duke of Roxburghe), a magnificent building and the largest inhabited family home in Scotland.  Nearby, as a contrast, can be found Smailholm Tower, a typical fortified border tower house.

The oldest inhabited house in Scotland is also to be found in the Borders (Traquhair House), home of the Maxwell-Stuarts.  It even produces its own beer which enthusiasts are welcome to try.

William Wallace Statue with 4 ladies from ArizonaThe Borders also has its fair share of pretty and historic towns and villages eg Melrose, Peebles, Kelso and many more.  More than one day can be spent in this area whose buildings and landscape display its stormy past and struggles for power, not just between Scotland and England but between the great Borders families themselves.

Family history tours

If you have a Scottish Borders family name such as Armstrong or Scott then a private guided genealogy tour of family sites can be put together for you.

Fishing and Golf

The River Tweed is the longest river in Scotland and one of our best salmon fishing rivers.  This is another interest which visitors might wish to explore.

Golf can be played almost everywhere in Scotland and The Roxburghe Course at the Roxburghe Hotel is of championship standard and one of the best inland courses in Scotland.