Art, History, and More: Must-Visit Museums in Bowden and the Scottish Borders
The Scottish Borders is not only renowned for its breathtaking landscapes but also for its rich cultural heritage, which includes historical museums, art, culture, textiles and the recently opened Great Tapestry of Scotland. Bowden offers a gateway to explore the culture of Scotland's past and present.
The Great Tapestry of Scotland, Galashiels
Stitching Scotland's Saga
Imagine a museum where history is not recounted through words but woven into a magnificent tapestry. The Great Tapestry of Scotland, located in Galashiels, is precisely that place. The Great Tapestry of Scotland is the brainchild of world-renowned author Alexander McCall Smith and a brand-new museum has been built to house the awe-inspiring tapestry. A masterpiece that unfolds the narrative of Scotland's history, heritage, innovations, and culture, it was created by stitchers from the length and breadth of Scotland. It's a chance to witness Scotland's epic tale like never before. Visit the website.
Jim Clark Motorsport Museum, Duns
Speed, Precision, and a Racing Legend
In Duns, the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum pays homage to the legacy of racing icon Jim Clark. Celebrated as one of the greatest racing drivers in history, Jim Clark is remembered not just for his astounding career in motorsport but also for his humility. This interactive museum invites you to immerse yourself in Jim's incredible journey, from his racing triumphs to life beyond the track. Explore his Formula 1 World Championship victories in 1963 and 1965, and discover the allure of the Indianapolis 500. It's a captivating tribute to a true racing legend. Visit the website.
Trimontium Museum, Melrose
Unearthing the Roman Legacy
Melrose holds a piece of history that takes us back to the days of the Roman Empire. The Trimontium Museum, just a stone’s throw from Bowden, sheds light on one of the largest Roman fort sites beyond Hadrian's Wall. As the sole museum in Scotland dedicated to the Roman and Iron Age era, it offers a glimpse into the treasures unearthed from Trimontium over the centuries. These artefacts paint a vivid picture of life on the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. With the recent renovation and reopening in 2021, the Trimontium Museum stands as a testament to Scotland's Roman heritage, housing some of the most remarkable Roman finds in the country. Visit the website.
Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick
Weaving Tales of Textile Tradition
Hawick has a storied history in the textile industry, and the Borders Textile Towerhouse is where this history comes to life. This museum, spread over three floors, unravels over two centuries of knitwear and tweed tradition in the region. Step into the world of fashion, explore artefacts and photographs, and engage with films that breathe life into the local woollen industries. With modern interpretation and hands-on displays, this museum offers an educational and interactive experience for all ages. Don't miss the opportunity to discover the oldest building in Hawick, the Drumlanrig Tower, within its walls. Your visit also supports the museum's mission as it relies on donations for its upkeep. Visit the website.
These museums offer a deeper understanding of the history and heritage of Scotland. Book your stay at Bowden House B&B now and see what else the region has to offer.