Heart of Hawick

Three buildings form the 'heart' of Hawick. A former mill holds a cafe and cinema. Opposite, historic Drumlanrig's Tower, once a major seat of the Douglas clan, now houses the Borders Textile Towerhouse. This tells the story of the town's knitwear-producing history. Behind the mill, the Heritage Hub is a state-of-the-art facility open to anyone wishing to trace their Scottish heritage or explore other local archives.

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1. Borders Textile Towerhouse

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The historic Drumlanrig’s Tower is a solid stone mansion that was once a major seat of Douglas clan power in the Borders. It now holds the Borders Textile…

2. Heritage Hub

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The Heritage Hub, formerly the corn exchange, is a handy facility for anyone wishing to trace Scottish heritage, or other local archives. If you can't…

3. Hawick Museum & Art Gallery

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This museum has an interesting collection of mostly 19th-century manufacturing and domestic memorabilia as well as details on a tragic pair of local…

4. Halliwell's House Museum

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Halliwell’s House Museum is the oldest building (1712) in Selkirk. The museum charts local history with an engrossing exhibition, and the Robson Gallery…

5. Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom

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Drop into Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom, where there’s an exhibition on the man’s life and writings, plus a fascinating account of the courageous explorer…

6. Jedburgh Castle Jail

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Jedburgh Castle was a victim of Scotland's wars for independence but this smart 1820s prison was built on the site as part of a jail reform program. You…

7. Jedburgh Abbey

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Dominating the town skyline, this was the first of the great Border abbeys to be passed into state care, and it shows – audio and visual presentations…

8. Mary, Queen of Scots' Visitor Centre

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Mary stayed at this beautiful 16th-century tower house in 1566 after her famous ride to visit the injured Earl of Bothwell, her future husband, at…