Other things to do
Here are some suggestions for things to do in the area if you do not want to fish every day, are flooded off or have friends that are not fishing. For more information see the Scottish Borders Tourist Board site
or call in at their Information Centres at Peebles, Melrose, Kelso & Jedburgh which are open all the year round.
is believed to be the oldest inhabited house in Scotland. It is over a thousand years old and still a family home. The house has historical associations with Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite Risings.
on the banks of the Tweed was home to Scotland's most famous novelist Sir Walter Scott. Bowhill, surrounded by woodlands, has a fine picture collection and an adventure playground for the younger visitor.
is a Georgian house renowned for its interior design by Robert Adam and Floors Castle
with its castellations is also near Kelso. Thirlestane Castle in Lauder has impressive Restoration ceilings. Manderston is an Edwardian house at Duns with a unique silver staircase. Near Berwick upon Tweed is Ayton, a sandstone castle, that overlooks the border and Paxton House
that was designed by Adam with furnishings by Chippendale.
Castles and monuments
Nearly every town in the Borders has a ruined abbey
and they are an important part of the backdrop to the area, along with the other battlefields and monuments. The ruins of Jedburgh, Dryburgh, Kelso and Melrose abbeys all reveal the turbulent past of the Borders.