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Scottish Borders Explorer Pass

The key to unlocking hundreds of years of history at some of the top attractions in the Scottish Borders. The Scottish Borders Explorer is the ideal way to enjoy the fantastic heritage offered in South East Scotland.

Jedburgh Abbey


Places to Visit:

  • Situated by the River Tweed, Dryburgh Abbey's remarkably complete medieval ruins make it easy to appreciate the attractions of monastic life.
  • Founded in 1138, Jedburgh Abbey was a frequent target for invading Border armies. Today there is a cloister and herb garden to explore, and a visitor centre containing a model of the Abbey in its heyday as well as 8th century carvings and artefacts excavated from the abbey grounds.
  • Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale with lavishly decorated masonry. The Abbey is thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart.
  • An awesome, eerie ruin, Hermitage Castle has a history filled with intrigue, murder, trysts, torture and treason.
  • Set high on a rocky outcrop, Smailholm Tower is a well-preserved 15th century rectangular tower set within a barmkin wall. It houses an exhibition of tapestries and costume dolls relating to Sir Walter Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders.

Please see the Regional Explorer Pass section on our Terms & Conditions page for further information.

How does the pass work?
Your pass will become valid after your first site visit and is valid for 30 consecutive days from first day of use. Multiple sites may be visited in any one day. Only one visit per site is permitted. This pass is non-refundable and must only be used by the named signatory.

Borders Pass Prices
Adult £16.00
Concession £12.80
Child £9.60
Family £32.00

Adult:Individuals aged 16-59 yrs
Concession:       Aged 60yrs+, Students in full time education (on production of valid ID),
Unemployed (proof of Jobseekers Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Income Support required)
Child:Aged 5-15 yrs (under 5s admitted free) *
Family:Two adults plus up to 6 children aged 5-15 yrs

* Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Example of savings

Visit (Adult):
Dryburgh Abbey £5.50
Hermitage Castle £4.50
Jedburgh Abbey £5.50
Melrose Abbey £5.50
Smailholm Tower £4.50
Total Cost £25.50

Borders Pass £16.00
SAVING £9.50

Contact us

Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44(0) 131 668 8999