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    Traquair House 3 miles from Glentress Forest Lodges

    Dating back to 1107, Traquair House was originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland. Later a refuge for Catholic priests in times of terror as the Stuarts of Traquair supported Mary Queen of Scots and Jacobites.
     
    Today Traquair House is a unique piece of living history with visitors coming from all over the world, providing a magical and romantic setting for weddings, hosting a wide range of summer events and a superb venue for corporate groups.

    Visitors are invited to enjoy the house, extensive grounds, maze, craft workshops, 1745 Cottage Restaurant and the famous Traquair House Brewery housed in the eighteenth century wing and producing the world famous Traquair House Ales.

    More information about Traquair House is available on www.traquair.co.uk

    Neidpath Castle 3 miles
    from Glentress Forest Lodges

    Neidpath Castle is a romantic, attractive medieval castle situated in the heart of the Tweed Valley. Open to the public for over 50 years Neidpath Castle is much admired for its authentic condition and historical significance.

    The castle is a bona fide 14th century four storey stone L-plan tower renowned as one of the grandest Tweed Valley Tower Houses. Former home of Fraser Hay and Douglas families converted to tower house in 17th century. With 11 foot thick stone walls, the castle contains a pit prison, a hand-cut draw well, Queen Mary's room, Laigh hall with displays.

    The Great hall has stunningly beautiful batiks depicting the "Life of Mary Queen of Scots". The castle is entered through the remains of an interesting gatehouse, with a round-headed arch.

    For more about the castle and the beautiful Tweed Valley, please visit: www.visittweedvalley.co.uk

    Melrose Abbey 20 miles
    from Glentress Forest Lodges

    Founded in 1136, Melrose Abbey  became one of the wealthiest medieval monasteries in Scotland, but because of its position close to the English border, it suffered terribly in times of unrest. Even after the construction of the elaborate new church in the 15th century it was attacked again in 1545 leaving the abbey church and many of the monastic buildings badly damaged.

    What remains of the beautiful dusky-pink sandstone monument is quite substantial and utterly breathtaking  with such a magnificent quality of workmanship, that it remains unequalled for this period. Even in its ruinous state so much of the rich decoration has survived. The elegant east window displays the very English Perpendicular trend, whereas the beautiful window in the south transept follows more of a free-style French influence.

    One fascinating object uncovered in the chapter house, during excavations in 1921, was a lead casket holding the mummified human heart, which many experts believe may be that of Robert the Bruce.

    More about the Abbey and the area around Melrose, can be found at: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

    Edinburgh Castle 25 miles
    from Glentress Forest Lodges

    Edinburgh Castle has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries. Today the castle continues to attract visitors to its rocky perch which has been a stronghold for over 3000 years

    Perched on an extinct volcano, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol and part of Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Its story is Scotland's story.

    In its dominating position overlooking the Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh, the grandeur and historical significance of Edinburgh Castle has made it a globally famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

    Find out more by visiting the castle's own website: www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk