After leaving Edinburgh and heading south your first stop will be Abbotsford House and its gardens near Galashiels, the home of Sir Walter Scott, a successful Edinburgh lawyer who is best known for his numerous writings including all the Waverley novels and also poems such as Marmion, The Lady of the Lake and Lay of the Last Minstrel.
After your visit there you will be driven locally to look round the ruins of Melrose Abbey, where King Alexander II is buried and Robert the Bruce’s heart is interred, before heading to Dryburgh Abbey on the banks of the River Tweed where in the north transept within the ruins are the tombs of Sir Walter Scott and Earl Haig. On leaving here you will then head further east alongside the River Tweed to visit Floors Castle and its walled garden in Kelso. This building that was originally designed and built by William Adam and later added to by William Playfair is the home of the 10th Duke of Roxburgh, one of Scotland’s biggest landowners. Tour inside the castle here enjoying Chinese and English Porcelain, Belgian tapestries, 18th century French furniture and portraits by British masters Gainsborough, Reynolds and Sir Henry Raeburn amongst others.
Your return to Edinburgh will take you through the delightful Lammermuir Hills and the old market towns of Coldstream, Duns and Gifford.