Putting Big Houses in the Scottish Borders on the Map

11th Apr 2017

A new full-colour, illustrative map has been produced by the Big Houses in the Scottish Borders group to highlight their stunning properties to promote what the region has to offer.

Photos by LLoyd Smith Photography & Film

The new map will feature beautiful landmarks of the Scottish Borders including Traquair, Abbotsford, Thirlestane Castle, Floors Castle, Gunsgreen House, Bowhill House and Country Estate, Mellerstain House, Monteviot House and Neidpath Castle. To be launched at the VisitScotland EXPO trade show in Glasgow, the collaborative leaflet will be certain to also attract additional group visitors to the region during this Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology.

The map has been designed by Galashiels graphic designer Winnie Stewart and illustrator Diane Lumley, also from the Scottish Borders. It combines new 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 visitor information for each of the castles or houses featured.

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

Helen Currie, Chair of the group said: “This was a wonderful opportunity to join together and put each of our fantastic properties on a combined map to make it easier for visitors to see what amazing properties there are across the Borders to go and visit.”

VisitScotland Regional Director Doug Wilson said: “Scotland’s history and culture are among the top reasons for visiting Scotland. The launch of this new map in 2017, the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, demonstrates a real commitment to further enhancing our region’s tourism offering and attracting more visitors to delve into the past to discover some of the hidden gems and fascinating stories that they perhaps weren’t previously aware of in the Scottish Borders.”

Giles Ingram, Chief Executive, Abbotsford said: “Seeing so many fascinating and historic houses on the one map really brings home the unique story of the Scottish Borders. A wild frontier region for generations, later an inspiration for poets and writers, today an inspiring place to visit.”

Winnie Stewart, Designer said “I was thrilled to collaborate with Diane and be given the task of bringing together all these beautiful buildings to create a leaflet that I hope will be invaluable for visitors to the Scottish Borders.”

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