Visitor Attractions On The Borders Railway
The re-opening of the Borders Railway has opened up the Midlothian and Borders regions and allowed both Scots and tourists to easily discover the attraction and beauty of the area. There are 7 stops along the Borders Railway starting at Shawfair and running down to Tweedbank.
Aside from making the region more accessible, the Borders Railway has also opened up a multitude of tourist attractions to the larger population. If you’re a bit unsure about where to go on your Borders Railway adventure, then we’ve put together a list of the most popular attractions at each of the stops!
Surrounded by 8 miles of cycle paths, community woodlands and landscaped greenspace, Shawfair offers stunning surroundings for a great family day out. You can also head to Craigmillar Castle from the station. Known as Edinburgh’s ‘other castle’ Mary Queen of Scots famously used the castle as a safe haven in 1566, whilst there you can also climb the tower house which is one of Scotland’s oldest, which houses a great hall and a prison!
Eskbank is home of the Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World, the world’s longest running indoor butterfly house. A great day out for all the family an all-day ticket allows you to experience fish and animal feeding sessions as well as twice daily animal handling sessions where you can if you dare hold a giant millipede, snake or tarantula.
Dalkeith Country Park is also a short walk from the station, at the park you can enjoy a picturesque 500 acre area of woodland and indulge in bit of nature spotting.
When visiting Newtonrange you should visit the National Mining Museum Scotland, a 5* visitor attraction and winner of the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions Best Visitor Experience Award in 2009 and 2013.
Visitors will get to experience everything from the creation of coal 360 million years ago to Scotland’s largest mining engine which hauled men and coal up and down the pit shaft for nearly 90 years and is still in working order.
Gorebridge is an old mining town and is surrounded by spectacular scenery and outstanding countryside. Visitors to the area can enjoy a trip to Vogrie Country Park which has 105 hectares of woods and Victorian parkland including a Victorian mansion – part of which is open to the public.
There is also a nine-hole golf course and an adventure playground to keep youngsters entertained.
The landscape around this borders town is perfect for exploring. You can walk along the Gala water banks and try your hand at fishing or try the Borders Loop which links Stow to Galashiels and Tweedbank.
If you’re a bit of a history buff then Stow is perfect for you. The Church of St Mary of Wedale is still in use and dates back to the 19th century, it is claimed that the site is the place of one of the most victorious battles won by Kind Arthur over the Saxons.
Galashiels is a bustling borders town, particularly during the summer months when the summer fairs are in full swing.
One of the main attractions is Old Gala House and Scot Gallery which boasts a history that spans 5 centuries. Old Gala House not only has a permanent collection but also space for a changing programme of fine art and historical exhibitions.
The last stop on the Borders Railway belongs to the home of Sir Walter Scott. Today you can still visit the great authors home Abbotsford House. Located on the banks of the river Tweed, Abbotsford House still remains one of the most famous houses in the world.
Sitting at the heart of the landscape that inspired the poetry and novels of the great author, the house is made even more special because it was the writer himself that designed it. The borders region is also excellent for cycling enthusiasts and from Tweedbank you can join the National Cycle Network Route 1 which is an excellent way to explore more of the stunning region.