Looking at the stunning valleys and heather-clad moorlands of Scotland’s serene borderlands, it’s hard to imagine the violent history that befell this region for hundreds of years. Historic castles, grand stately homes, and ancient ruins tell the tale of the borderland’s captivating, battle-scarred past. In stark contrast, the present-day villages in this area are warmly welcoming whilst boasting proud heritage and traditions. Amongst astonishing natural beauty, you’ll find mansions with exquisite art collections, elaborately designed architecture, and the home of Scotland’s greatest man-of-letters.
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This beautiful Georgian mansion, celebrated as one of architect Robert Adam’s greatest creations, has a fascinating history and inimitable architecture. You’ll be awe-struck by the art collections including works by Van Dyck, Gainsborough and many other Old Masters. The exceptional ceiling in the library retains original Adam colours and is an absolute must-see.
This magnificent Edwardian mansion is the superlative of Scotland’s stately homes. Designed by architect John Kinross, no expense was spared in this palatial wonderland – grandiose staterooms are filled with exceptional artwork, there is a unique marble dairy and the only silver staircase in the world.
Enjoy time at leisure in Edinburgh with its wealth of attractions. Home to both the Scottish National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, and incredible array of paintings are on display in the city. The beautiful Holyroodhouse is best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, but today its state rooms are regularly used by The Queen. St Mary’s Cathedral is breathtaking with its stained glass windows; the Georgian House offers in insight into life in New Town during the 1800s; and the Royal Botanic Garden is world-renowned. For a more macabre side of the city, visit Edinburgh Dungeon and the Real Mary King’s Close.
Built in Clydebank, Glasgow and now berthed in Leith, Edinburgh, the Royal Yacht Britannia was a floating residence serving the Royal Family for over 44 years. Used for Royal honeymoons, official receptions, holidays and state visits, this grand yacht has travelled over one million miles across the globe and was recognised as a unique symbol of the Commonwealth.
A treasure trove of art, restored tapestries and porcelain is on display at this superb early 18th century castle, set in the Roxburghe Estate. Exploring the formal and informal gardens, horticulturalists will delight in the Victorian kitchen gardens, vibrant herbaceous borders, and walled garden.
Hand picked destinations
Edinburgh, Scotland’s grand capital, undoubtedly has a beauty to rival any of the great cities of Europe. Glasgow is Scotland’s biggest metropolis, and arguably its most energetic.
Grand mountains, wooded isles and the gentle, lapping waters of a tranquil lake – Loch Lomond’s captivating scenery has inspired songs and verses across the ages.
The northernmost county in England, this wild and rugged region has a proud heritage. Crowned with captivating castles, sweeping moorland and friendly market towns, it’s an unmissable destination.