If you’re planning a trip to the Scottish Borders in January, there are plenty of great things to do and see. From outdoor adventures to indoor relaxation, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful region of Scotland. Here are some of our top picks:

  • The Great Tapestry of Scotland: This impressive exhibit showcases the history of Scotland through a series of hand-stitched panels. The tapestry is open Wednesday to Saturday, including December 30th and 31st, from 9:30-16:30. Be sure to stop by the delicious café while you’re there.
  • Abbotsford House: This historic house, once the home of Sir Walter Scott, offers a glimpse into the life and times of one of Scotland’s most famous authors. The house, gardens, chapel, visitors center, and café are open daily from 10am-4pm.
Abbotsford house and gardens.
  • Dryburgh Abbey: This beautiful ruined abbey is the final resting place of Sir Walter Scott. The nave, including Scott’s tomb, the grounds, and the shop are open daily from 10am-4pm. The nearby Wallace Statue is also worth a visit.
  • Borders Textile Tower House: This museum in Hawick offers a fascinating look at the history of textiles in the Scottish Borders. The museum is open from 10am-4pm daily, except for Tuesdays and Sundays.
Some machinery in the textile towerhouse.
  • Kelso town center: Kelso is home to unique shops and many cafes and pubs. Be sure to check out the monthly farmers market in the market square on January28th.
Kelso town cobbled square and town hall
  • River Tweed Salmon Fishing Museum: Located in the Town Hall in Kelso, this museum offers an interesting look at the history of salmon fishing on the River Tweed. The museum is open daily from 10am-4pm.
  • Melrose town: This quaint town is home to unique shops, including The Crafters, a small shop featuring crafts made by local artists. Melrose is also the home of Rugby 7’s.
  • Melrose Abbey: This beautiful abbey is open daily, except for December 25th-27th and January 1st-3rd.
Melrose abbey a beautiful place to visit near Burnbrae Holidays
  • Jedburgh Abbey: This historic abbey is also open daily, except for December 25th-27th and January 1st-3rd.
  • Hirsel Estate: This beautiful estate offers woodland and lakeside walks, as well as craft studios and a café. It is located near Coldstream.
  • Borders Scenic Railway: Take a train from Tweedbank station into Edinburgh for a day of sightseeing in the city. The journey takes about an hour each way.
Borders Railway logo

Whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor activities, you’ll find plenty of things to do in the Scottish Borders in January. Enjoy your trip!