A Guide To: Free Attractions in The Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders

Find a great selection of free attractions with my list of the best free attractions in the Scottish Borders.


Coldstream Museum

Address:               12 Market Square, Coldstream, TD12 4BD

Opening Times:   25th Mar – 30th Sept Mon-Sat: 9.30am – 12.30pm and 1.00 – 4.00pm and Sun 2.00pm-4.00pm.

1st – 31st Oct Mon to Sat 1.00pm to 4.00 pm. Closed Sun.

Tel Number:        01890 882630

Email Address:    mailto:museums@scotborders.gov.uk

Website:              Coldstream Museum

About: The Coldstream Museum houses an informative display about the Coldstream Guards and the town of Coldstream. Visitors can view artefacts that are on loan from the Coldstream Guards, and there is a changing exhibition programme in the Courtyard Gallery.


Eyemouth Museum

Address:               Auld Kirk Manse Road, Eyemouth, Berwickshire, TD14 5JE

Opening Times:   Mon to Sun 10:00 (12:00 Sun) to 16:00

Tel Number:        +44 (01890) 751701

Email Address:    mailto:enquiries@eyemouthmuseum.co.uk

Website:              Eyemouth Museum

About: Eyemouth Museum documents the fishing and social heritage of Eyemouth, where exhibits bring to life the stories of local people. In addition to the museum, there is a visitor information centre, an exhibition gallery and a gift shop.


Borders Textile Towerhouse

Address:               Borders Textile Towerhouse, 1 Tower Knowe, Hawick, TD9 9BZ

Opening Times:   Apr – Oct Mon – Sat: 10.00 – 16.30, Sunday: 12.00 – 15.00

Nov – Mar Mon – Sat: 10.00 – 16.00, Tues & Sun: Closed

Tel Number:        01450 377615

Email Address:    mailto:textiletowerhouse@liveborders1.org.uk

Website:              Borders Textile Towerhouse

About: The Borders Textile Tower is the oldest building in Hawick, which was built as a defensive tower in the mid-1500s. The museum celebrates the Borders’ textile industry through exhibits of garments, artefacts and photographs from over 200 years of the local knitwear and tweed industries.

Hume Castle

Address:               Hume Castle, Hume, Berwickshire, TD5 7TR

Opening Times:   Open year-round.

Tel Number:        +44 (0)1573 410743

Email Address:    mailto:info@humecastle.org

Website:              Hume Castle

About: Hume Castle is situated on a hill 750 feet above sea level, which was, for centuries, the major defensive site in the Eastern section of the Borders. Today the castle ruins are famed for the beautiful Scottish Borders landscape in which it is located.


The Jim Clark Room

Address:               44 Newtown Street, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3AU

Opening Times:   25th Mar -30th Sept: Mon-Sat 10.30am-1.00pm, 2.00pm-4.30pm and Sun 2.00pm-4.00pm

1st Oct-31st Oct: Mon-Sat, 1.00pm-4.00pm

Tel Number:        +44 (1361) 883960

Email Address:    mailto:museums@scotborders.gov.uk

Website:              The Jim Clark Room

About: Jim Clark was the leading motor racing driver of the 1960s who won two world championships in 1963 and 1965. The Jim Clark Room provides a full account of his life in motor racing through a display of trophies, photographs and other memorabilia.


Kelso Abbey

Address:               Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 7JF

Opening Times:   1 Apr to 30 Sept: 9.30pm to 5.30pm

1 October to 31 March: Mon, Tues, Weds, Sat and Sun, 9.30am to 4pm. Closed Thurs and Fri.

Tel Number:        +44 (1573) 460365

Email Address:    mailto:customer@hes.scot

Website:              Kelso Abbey

About: Kelso Abbey was founded in 1128 by monks who were invited there by King David I. Although the abbey is in ruins today, it was once a sprawling monastery, and one of the most spectacular architectural achievements in medieval Scotland.


Locharron of Scotland Visitor Centre

Address:               Dunsdale Road, Selkirk, Selkirkshire, TD7 5DZ

Opening Times:   Mon – Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am – 4pm

Tel Number:        +44 (1750) 726100

Email Address:    mailto:LVC@LOCHCARRON.COM

Website:              Locharron Visitor Centre

About: Lochcarron of Scotland has been specialising in textiles since its inception in 1947, and is one of the Border’s leading producers of tartan, tweed, cashmere and knitwear. The visitor centre stocks a vast range of clothes and accessories made from wool, as well as over 700 tartans used in the making of Highland dress.


Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre

Address:               Queen Street, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, TD8 6EN

Opening Times:   Mar-Nov: Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.30pm and Sun 10.30am-4.00pm

Tel Number:        +44 (1835) 863331

Email Address:    mailto:museums@scotborders.gov.uk

Website:              Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre

About: This visitor centre is located in a late 16th-century tower house in the middle of historic Jedburgh. The house displays an expansive collection of objects associated with Queen Mary and includes rooms such as the rogues’ gallery, which explains who the people were in Mary’s life, and the last letter room, which reveals her final thoughts.


Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre

Address:               Philiphaugh Estate Office, Selkirk, TD7 5LX

Opening Times:   Sun – Sat: 09:00 – 17:00

Tel Number:        01750 21766

Email Address:    mailto:info@philiphaugh.com

Website:              Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre

About: The salmon viewing centre provides informative displays that teach visitors all about the life cycle of the fish, as well as explaining the dangers that wait in the river. There is an interactive video screen where you can watch 4 different cameras around the edge of the Ettrick river, along with a fish counter in the fish ladder in the middle of the cauld.


St. Abbs Head Nature Reserve

Address:               St Abbs, Eyemouth, Borders, TD14 5QF

Opening Times:   Open year-round.

Tel Number:        01890 771443

Email Address:    mailto:information@nts.org.uk

Website:              St. Abbs Head Nature Reserve

About: This nature reserve is a bird watchers paradise, where thousands of seabirds can be seen nesting high amongst the imposing cliffs. There is also a visitor centre which explains all about the wildlife, geology and history of St. Abbs Head.


St. Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre

Address:               Wells Brae, Innerleithen, Tweeddale, EH44 6JE

Opening Times:   25th Mar – 29th Oct: Mon-Fri 10.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 17.00 and Sat & Sun 14.00-17.00

Tel Number:        +44 (0)1721 724820

Email Address:    mailto:rhannay@scotborders.gov.uk

Website:              St. Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre

About: This historic spa has several displays and exhibits which inform visitors about the story of Innerleithen and St Ronan’s Wells, as well as describing their connections with the great Scottish writers Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg. There are also extensive gardens surrounding the spa which feature several sculptures.


The Polish Map of Scotland

Address:               Barony Castle Hotel UK, Eddleston, EH45 8QW

Opening Times:   Open year-round.

Tel Number:        01721 730395

Email Address:    mailto:info@baronycastle.com

Website:              The Polish Map of Scotland

About: This unusual construction is a large physical relief map of Scotland, which was sculpted in concrete by a Polish soldier who was stationed in Scotland during WWII. The map measures around 40m by 50m and lies in the grounds of Barony Castle, once the home of the Murrays of Elibank, and later the Hotel Black Barony.

Craig Smith

Craig Smith is your guide to the best attractions in Scotland. He loves exploring the Scottish wilds and is happiest when he's knee-deep in a muddy bog in the middle of nowhere.

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