Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Jedburgh
Jedburgh View slideshowThe fine three-arched Canongate Bridge crosses the River Jed in the heart of this pretty little town (pop. 4,100) some 10mi/16km north of the border. It was the weavers of Jedburgh who used two different yarns to create the original "Tweedy" look, a style that was soon copied by other spinning mills in the vicinity. Knitwear and textiles production remain important aspects of the local economy.
Ferniehirst Castle is a typical example of a Borders fortress. It is situated 1.5mi/2.4km south of Jedburgh and is the seat of the Kerr family. A few years ago the 16th century castle, fortified with small round towers, was fully restored. Information about the changing fortunes of the Borders country is available in the 17th C stables.
Kirkwall is the only other place in Scotland where people still play this ancient team game which requires more than 200 participants. In Jedburgh the game serves as a reminder to the residents of their bloody conflicts with their southern neighbors. The "Uppies", who live above the Mercat Cross compete against the "Downies" from below the cross. Starting on Castlehill, the winning team is the first to convey the small, straw-filled leather ball, symbolizing the head of an Englishman, through the lanes, front gardens and backyards of Jedburgh to the end of High Street.
Address: Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Jedburgh TD8 6JQ, Scotland
Mary Queen of Scots House
In 1987, to mark the death 400 years earlier of Mary Stuart, the T-shaped tower house was opened as a museum. It details the tragic fate of the Queen of Scots. Here on November 9, 1566, she received news that her lover, the Earl of Bothwell, was lying with gunshot wounds in Hermitage Castle. After a day's ride to see the Earl, she returned exhausted and had to stay in Jedburgh for a month to recuperate from fever.
Address: Queen Street, Jedburgh TD8 6EW, Scotland
Queen of Scots Castle Jail
In 1823 the medieval fortress was turned into a prison and it now houses a museum.
Ferniehirst Mill Lodge
The lodge caters to experienced adult riders, offering day-long rides or short holidays. Rides are scheduled over the Chaviot Hills. The lodge is certified by the Association of British Riding School, the British Horse Society and the Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland.
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