24th May 2018

Eleven of the finest historic houses and castles in the Scottish Borders have joined forces to produce an online guide for heritage enthusiasts visiting and living in the area.

Following the success of a joint leaflet last year, the Big Houses in the Scottish Borders group has launched a new online map, highlighting the attractions of the Borders and enabling people to plan their tour, from west of Peebles to the east coast.

The online map is at and is is based on the leaflet version, which was designed by Galashiels graphic designer, Winnie Stewart, and illustrator, Diane Lumley, also from the Scottish Borders. It combines illustrations of the grand houses and castles with a custom scale map of the region, showing exact locations of each house, road numbers, the Borders railway and stations, cycle and footpaths and other places of interest. It also includes links to each of the properties, for visitors to discover more about what each venue has to offer.

The houses featured are:

  • Neidpath Castle, Peebles;
  • Traquair, Innerleithen;
  • Bowhill, Selkirk;
  • Abbotsford, Melrose;
  • Thirlestane Castle, Lauder;
  • Mellerstain House, Gordon;
  • Floors Castle, Kelso;
  • Manderston, Duns;
  • Monteviot, Jedburgh;
  • Gunsgreen House, Eyemouth;
  • Paxton House, Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Big Houses in the Scottish Borders is a non-profit organisation that was formed in 2012, to enable the visitor attractions to work collaboratively and share ideas, fundraising opportunities and marketing activity.

Helen Currie, Chair of Big Houses in the Scottish Borders, said: “Following the success of our joint leaflet, which showcased our fantastic properties, we are delighted to now have it available online, making it easier for people to plan ahead.”