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Southern Scotland car itinerary

2 Days

North Berwick - Dunbar - Kelso - Moffat - Dumfries

128.5 miles (206.5km)

Plan your route: VisitBritain Journey Planner

From invigorating seascapes to soft green hills, from ruined border castles to stately mansions - this wonderfully scenic route truly captures the magic and mystery of Scotland.

Day 1: North Berwick - Dunbar - Kelso

North Berwick - Dunbar: 12½ miles (19.8 km)
Dunbar - Kelso: 42 miles (67.5 km)
Totals for Day: 54½ miles (87.3 km)

North Berwick

From Edinburgh head for North Berwick, stopping on the outskirts to admire the ruined Dirleton Castle and its beautiful gardens. Located beneath a colossal volcanic hill - North Berwick Law - the town is an enchanting Victorian harbour resort and haven for seabirds and marine wildlife.

Must see & do:

Scottish Seabird Centre | Tantallon Castle | National Museum of Flight | John Muir Country Park


As you follow the coast, take time to explore the area. Visit the medieval Tantallon Castle, which offers commanding views of the Firth of Forth. Stroll through Dunbar and see the fragmented remains of its once mighty castle. Linger by the harbour in picturesque St Abbs.

Must see & do:

Dunbar Town House Museum | Dirleton Castle | East Links Family Park


Kelso is a handsome border town with a spacious cobbled square and elegant town hall. Don’t miss the stout 16th century Smailholm Tower which displays tapestries and statues, or the turreted mansion of Floors Castle, designed by William Adam in the 18th century, houses fine furniture and artworks.

Must see & do:

Floors Castle | Kelso Town Trail | Kelso Pottery

Day 2: Kelso - Moffat - Dumfries

Kelso - Moffat: 52½ miles (84.9 km)
Moffat - Dumfries: 21½ miles (34.3 km)
Totals for Day: 74 miles (119.2 km)


Moving on to Moffat, you pass through the lovely Vale of Yarrow amidst the hills of the Ettrick Forest, rich in legend and immortalised in border ballads. Once a minor spa, Moffat today is a friendly tourist town with shops selling splendid local craft goods.

Must see & do:

Moffat Museum | Dalton Pottery


Dumfries, a historic royal burgh with red sandstone buildings and a 15th-century bridge is Robert Burns country. As you explore the town you will feel his presence everywhere, from his favourite pub to his former home and the award-winning Robert Burns Centre, housed in an old water mill.

Must see & do:

Robert Burns Centre | Burns House | Sweetheart Abbey | Caerlaverock Castle | Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

For more information on areas covered by this itinerary go to VisitScotland.

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