Scottish Borders, Samye Ling Tibetan Centre and Traquair House

Scott's View, Traquair House & Samye Ling Tibetan Centre
We embark on our journey by travelling south through the stunning Scottish Borders, once the inspiration for the great Sir Walter Scott’s writings. Our first stop is Scott’s View – Sir Walter’s favourite view in the Borders, looking down across the Tweed Valley to the Eildon Hills beyond. Nearby we will visit the 21.5 metre high Wallace Monument; the first ever statue erected in commemoration of Scottish patriot and rebel William Wallace.

A short drive takes us to the pretty abbey town of Melrose. The town is the perfect scene for a relaxing morning coffee or to explore Melrose Abbey, Woollen Mill and some of the town’s many independent shops and galleries.

From Melrose we travel into the lovely Ettrick Valley where you’ll hear tales about an athlete talking to fairies, poets and religious punishment while enjoying the beautiful scenery. At Ettrick Kirk you’ll learn more about James Hogg ‘the Ettrick Shepherd, Thomas Boston, Tibbie Shiel and William Laidlaw ‘Will O’Phaup’. Nearby there is a fascinating exhibition recording the history of parish and its people.

Leaving the kirk we travel further up the valley to Samye Ling Tibetan Centre at Eskdalemuir. Samye Ling was founded in 1967 and was the first Tibetan Centre in the West; the imposing Buddhist Temple with its stunning decoration is a ‘must see’. It’s interesting to contrast the austere and simple 18th century Presbyterian Kirk to the elaborate and colourful 20th century Tibetan Temple.

From Samye Ling we travel back along the Ettrick Valley before crossing into the Yarrow Valley then to Traquair House. The house which dates from 1109 is Scotland’s oldest continually inhabited house and has been visited by 27 Scottish Kings and Queens including Mary, Queen of Scots. The house’s original entrance, the Bear Gates were reputedly locked behind Bonnie Prince Charlie when he left Traquair in 1745 on his way south to regain the British Throne for the Stuart Royal family. The gates won’t be unlocked and opened until a Stuart is restored to the throne. The 1745 Cottage Restaurant serves a selection of delicious homemade meals and refreshments.


Scott’s View 
Wallace Monument
Ettrick Valley
Samyé Ling Tibetan Centre
Traquair House


The cost of a full-day private guided sightseeing tour starts from £395.00 which includes all planning, tour guide and transport costs.

All entrances fees, meals & refreshments are excluded.


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