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The State Dining Room, Thirlestane Castle © Phil Wilkinson

As 2017 is Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we asked the Housekeeper at Thirlestane Castle (home of The Lauderdale Apartment) to tell us about a day in her life...

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a group of walkers with backpacks on a countryside path

From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot.

a red squirrel

Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.

bridge at Dawyck Botanic Gardens

If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.

a mountain biker

Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels.

kite surfer

If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.

castle entrance archway

With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.

bullfighter sculpture

Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers; the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots; or its proud textile history and position today on the runways of fashion’s elite.

a pair of spectacles and a fountain pen on top of an open book

Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.

a plate of lamb cutlets

Food, Glorious Food………our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.

a lady receiving a treatment in a spa

Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.

Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere

We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.

Art class at Stone Wall Gallery

Why not relax and explore your creative side in an art class or workshop led by a renowned local artist.

cookery class chopping

A chance for passionate foodies, families or groups of friends to learn some new techniques, clever tips and delicious new recipes.

chocolate and pastry dessert

A little bit of chocolate heaven......and the opportunity to learn from one of the very best in the business.

whisky cork with inscription AGED 12 YEARS

Enjoy in the company of good friends...... a whisky tasting experience will introduce you to the rich intricate flavours of Scotland's finest dram.

The Flower Room - bunch of tulips

Dip into the world of floristry and learn how to create beautiful arrangements or that perfect dinner table design.

an otter eating a fish

Explore the stunning landscape and wildlife of the area with one of Scotland's leading nature photographers.

side view of a stack of rolls of brightly coloured cloths

Combine a summer break with a little design inspiration from one of the world's most foremost Textile Institutions.