Camping Road Trip Idea: Historic Sites of the Scottish Borders

If you are looking for a short camping road trip idea this autumn then why not consider taking a tour of some of the historic sites of the Scottish Borders? The Borders is a region with plenty to recommend it, yet it is far less visited than other parts of Scotland. A visit here is perfect for a long weekend camping trip. If you want to discover more of the rich and at times bloody history of this area than a camping road trip could be the perfect way to learn more.


You could begin this short camping road trip itinerary in Jedburgh. There you can explore a range of sites including Jedburgh Castle, a castle gaol built in 1823 and Jedburgh Abbey, a ruined Augustinian Abbey that was founded in the 12th Century. You can also learn more about Scotland's famous monarch at the Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre.


Next, travel the short distance north to Melrose, via another historic abbey in Dryburgh. In Melrose, the main sight is famous Melrose Abbey, a partially ruined Cistercian monastery which was founded in 1134. Here you can also travel even further back in time and learn about Roman Scotland at the Trimontium Museum. Just outside Melrose, be sure to visit Abbotsford, the stately home of Scottish writer, Sir Walter Scott.


For the next stage of your road trip tour of the Borders, head north east to Mellerstain House & Gardens, which date from the 18th Century before going south east to Kelso. In Kelso you will discover the ruins of Roxburgh Castle, overlooking the junctions of the rivers Tweed and Teviot. You can also visit Kelso Abbey, founded by Tironesian monks in the 12th Century.

This short camping road trip in the heart of the Borders will help you to get a sense of this interesting part of the country. Check out our campsite listings to discover plenty of wonderful campsites that you could stay at during this tour. Though this trip could be suitable for those travelling by car, with a tent, with a caravan or in a campervan or motorhome, should you wish to leave motorised transport behind you could also consider a cycling tour or even walking between the various historic sites in this area.