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  • 14 Free Attractions in The Scottish Borders

    14 Free Attractions in The Scottish Borders

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    Visiting Scotland’s tourist attractions can be an expensive business, especially for those visitors travelling with a family. In this article you will discover a list of completely free-to-visit attractions in the Scottish Borders that are suitable for all ages, including historic buildings, walking routes, museums, and public parks.

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  • Cove


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    The Southern Upland Way runs for 212 miles between the west and east coasts of southern Scotland. This section on the east coast is located a short distance from the coastal town of Dunbar. The route starts at Cove harbour and continues along gorse-covered cliffs before finishing at Pease Bay which is best known for its family-friendly caravan park. Discover this beautiful stretch of coastline in this guide which includes an overview and useful visiting tips.

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  • Glentress Forest

    Glentress Forest

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    Glentress Forest is situated near the town of Peebles in the Scottish Borders. The forest is best known for its world-class 7Stanes mountain biking trails that offer exciting routes for all skill levels, but there’s plenty to see and do for everyone. Whether it’s enjoying woodland walks, wildlife watching, or getting active on treetop adventure courses, Glentress Forest has you covered.

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  • Jedburgh Abbey

    Jedburgh Abbey

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    Jedburgh Abbey – situated in the Scottish Borders town of Jedburgh – is a striking example of Gothic and Romanesque architecture that was built nearly 1,000 years ago. The abbey is managed by Historic Environment Scotland and is open to the public for self-guided tours.

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  • Lammermuir Hills

    Lammermuir Hills

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    The Lammermuirs are a range of hills in the south of Scotland that border the county of East Lothian and the Scottish Borders. Visitors can explore the ancient hill forts at White Castle and Addinston, go for woodland walks at Pressmennan Wood and Yester Estate, and climb the highest point of the hill range at Meikle Says Law (1,755 feet/535 metres).

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  • Melrose Abbey

    Melrose Abbey

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    Melrose Abbey is located near the village of Melrose on the River Tweed. It was founded in 1136 as Scotland’s first Cistercian monastery and is famous for being the burial site of Robert the Bruce’s heart. The abbey is managed by Historic Environment Scotland. Paid entry is available for all visitors but HES members can enter for free. Discover Melrose Abbey with this complete visitor guide.

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