There is so much to see and do in the Borders of Scotland…

The Scottish Borders is so popular because of the sheer range of activities packed into such a small and accessible region - Historic Houses and castles, exciting festivals, arts and crafts, delicious local produce and miles of rolling hills, beautiful valleys and the Berwickshire coastline.

The borders is packed full of historical houses and castles which are within striking distance including Melrose Abbey, Traquair House, Mellerstain, Paxton House, Edinburgh Castle, Abbotsford and, of course, Thirlestane Castle whose grounds we are located within. At Thirlestane Castle, we have a range of events throughout the summer including outdoor theatre events, re-enactments and the Vintage rally where over 1000 cars are on show. For more details check out our programme of events.

For those that love the outdoors you can’t ask for more - activities available close at hand include horse riding, exhilarating cycling routes, fishing, golf, and spectacular walking - the Southern Upland Way can be accessed within just 300 metres of the park.

The Scottish Borders is also renowned for its sheer variety of crafts, skills and produces quality textiles such as tweed and tartan. Take a visit to a traditional workshop and workers will be more than happy to demonstrate their skills.

For Families – lots of the local attractions have childrens programs such as Paxton House, Floors Castle and Edinburgh Castle and many of the local towns have special places for small people. Watch out for "Pot a doodle doo" near Berwick, the Donkey Sanctuary near Melrose and the opportunity to monkey around swinging between the trees at the Go Ape near Pebbles.

Thirlestane Castle Caravan Park is within walking distance of Lauder - a market town where you will find a great selection of pubs, restaurants and shops. There are tennis courts, a golf course and during the summer – the Lauder Common Riding where todays residents commemorate the times when their forbearers patrolled the boundaries of their settlements on horseback. Join in the week long festival and watch as standard-bearers elected by the townspeople enact ancient ceremonies and experience the exhilaration of seeing hundreds of riders galloping past amid a flurry of banners.

There are many annual festivals and activities that light up the Borders each year including Traditional Games shows, Common riding, the Edinburgh Fringe and many more – Ask our wardens or check the events calendar on the Visit Scotland for more information