Burns Country & the Scottish Borders

Overview

Selected Highlights

  • Explore the sweeping valleys and historic abbeys of the Scottish Borders
  • The magnificent ruins of Melrose Abbey - the resting place of the heart of Robert the Bruce
  • Historic Ayrshire - the beautiful region which inspired Scotland's Bard, Rabbie Burns
  • Abbotsford House - the magnificent gothic mansion which was home to author Sir Walter Scott
  • Enjoy the unspoilt beauty of Dumfries and Galloway, home to the only Dark Sky Park in Europe
  • Culzean Castle - the holiday home of President Eisenhower

This self-drive tour will take you on an unforgettable journey through the Scottish Borders and south west Scotland, where you will discover magnificent abbeys, breathtaking countryside, ancient castles, and a flourishing cultural and culinary scene.

Begin your journey in the pretty market town of Melrose in the Scottish Borders, where you will discover a beautiful area with a turbulent and bloody history. The Borders was a battleground between Scotland and England for centuries, and you can learn about its tumultuous past at the four magnificent ruined abbeys. The Borders today thrives as a region with much to explore, and is known for its strong community spirit and loyalty.

Onwards to Dumfries and Galloway to explore majestic coastline, delightful villages, and the wild beauty of Galloway Forest Park - the only ‘Dark Sky Park’ in Europe, and a rare opportunity to see shooting stars and the Aurora Borealis. Discover how this region’s beautiful scenery has filled artists and writers with the passion to create great works for centuries.

From here it is a short distance to Burns Country, where you can immerse yourself in the magical landscape which inspired Scotland’s Bard - Robert Burns, and visit the award-winning museum dedicated to his life. With miles of rolling countryside, quaint fishing villages, and no fewer than twenty castles in the area waiting to be explored, Burns Country has a wonderful array of surprising sights.