6 free trips you need to take in Southern Scotland

Southern Scotland

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  1. Jen Morrow says:

    Sadly, I have not done any of these on my visits to Scotland. There is so much to see and do in beautiful Scotland, I am not surprised that you added a few more to your list, too. Beautiful nature and wonderful people.

  2. Lisa says:

    A great piece filled with really good tips for visiting this part of Scotland! I really like the sound of St Mary’s Loch, and I’ve actually heard of Innerleithen! The maze at Traquair House looks fun for adults and kids too 🙂

  3. Only By Land says:

    The Grey Mares Tale waterfall looks perfect with the parking close by and yes, perfect if you bring sandwiches too. St. Marys Loch on a clear day looks like the perfect loch to make some reflection photography, even on the day you went I can see a good reflection. I’ll google Traquair House and also the Tibetan monastery, very interesting!

  4. Bhusha says:

    St.Mary’s Loch looks beautiful. I’ve also heard of only Loch Ness. As you’ve rightly put, the less popular the place is, the more peaceful and beautiful it is! I wanted to see atleast 1 maze when I was in UK, but unfortunately that never happened!

  5. sridharsalian says:

    WOW! I love all the pictures. Scotland is one of my dream trips. I actually hope to go there for our 5th anniversary in a few years. I can’t wait for more posts and photos from your trip!

  6. Dana M says:

    Thank you for the great post! It’s nice to know there’s some great things out there that won’t break the bank! Deifnitely need to go to Scotland ASAP.

  7. Christie says:

    Great info! I’ve never really thought about visiting Scotland until I met a friend last summer who is studying there and now I am more interested in going 🙂 Traquair House looks and sounds really cool. I’d love to give the maze a try! And I’d especially love to photograph it – it looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

    • Natasha says:

      I bet your pictures would show it better than mine! If you ever do visit I have lots of tips as I’ve lived here for many years

  8. Joanna says:

    I had no idea that there is a Tibetan Monastery in Scotland! I would love to visit it. Actually your post comes right on time as I am planning a get away to Scotland for the August bank holiday. And the places you have suggested are really unique and so interesting. The Kelpies is very intriguing as well, I wonder what is their story…

  9. Marcie says:

    The Samye Ling Tibetan Monastry is definitely somewhere we’d love to check out. I’m trying to convince my husband to head to Scotland next year and he loves the word “free” so I’m sending him this post! Those horse statues also look really cool!

  10. Deb 'n' Kev says:

    I’m always looking for new sights to see that I haven’t heard of before, and I will admit that I haven’t heard of any of these. They all look very interesting. Who would have thought there would be a Tibetan monastery there? The hedge maze looks cool, but I think I would have flashbacks to “The Shining.” What a beautiful landscape to escape to.

    • Natasha says:

      Hahahaha! Yeah it might be a little creepy if you watch that movie recently! I know it was only recently I found out about the monastery and I have lived in the area 26 years

  11. Julie Cao says:

    There are so many beautiful places in Scotland, and all these road trips look stunning, but sadly I did not do any of them. I only visited Loch Ness. If I know early I should have visited St. Marys Loch because I prefer visiting places that are less touristy. I wish I could return to Scotland checking out all the places you mentioned, maybe have an afternoon tea at the Market Square in Galashiels

  12. These are awesome places to visit in Scotland. I watched the two videos. Travis look adorable. It is nice that you let him try different kinds of food. I have been curious about the Loch Ness monster after I watched the The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. I would love to visit the St. Mary’s Loch and there is another castle too. However, I cannot remember the name.

  13. I didn’t realize that there are that many free trips in Scotland! I need to try some of these should I come back to this beautiful country. The market square sounds like such a fun spot to explore!

    • Natasha says:

      It is pretty cool, quite small though. There is lots to do nearby and you can grab a train nearby to Edinburgh for the day 🙂

  14. Mainak says:

    Nicely written and very helpful post. Pictures are beautiful. 🙂

  15. Ha Truong says:

    This post is so great! I love free stuffs :D. I didn’t know there are many free trips in Scotland though ( I don’t know much about the area), so thanks a lot for the information. By the way, Travis is so cute and adorable.

  16. The nature trails are my favourite in the list. I would love to do a few hikes also around the loch. I found the horse statue really cute 😀

  17. Kim Bui says:

    So many great trips to take in Southern Scotland! I love how vibrant the Tibetan Monastry’s door is, and those details wow. Your video series is adorable! So cute.

  18. titi81 says:

    I have lived for a year in Scotland but I ahve never heard of these places and especially the Tibetan monastery. Great recommendations. I must come back and see more.

  19. neha says:

    These trips seem absolutely beautiful. When I visit scotland, budget is going to be a concern for me. So, I will be looking for free stuffs to enjoy. Your post will come useful then

  20. Traquair House looks like an absolute dream! I love how they refuse to open the gates until another Stewart is on the thrown. Does Scotland have its own monarchy or are they referring to the British monarchy? Also are all of these spots in separate towns around southern Scotland?

  21. We have only been to Scotland a couple of times (Loch Lomand and the Edinburgh Festival) but we would love to visit again and just wander around in our own time. The countryside does look beautiful.

  22. nisha says:

    I have never een to Scotand and it is high time I did. I actually iked the Traquair House , is it aso allowed to stay on the grounds during night. My surprise is at finding a Tibetan Monsatery in Scotland. Never once Imagined this.

    • Natasha says:

      I am not sure if you can stay there at night, but there is a camp ground a couple of miles from there with all the facilities you would need

  23. Scotland is so beautiful and the landscapes so enthralling that one could spend hours and days, just admiring them. These trips are all wonderful and invaluable even though they are free. The grounds of the first Monastery are really enigmatic.

  24. Jenna Kvidt says:

    Scotland looks so amazing–I’ve always wanted to visit! All of these stops look great. I would love to check out the Kelpies and the waterfall at Grey Mares Tale! I’ve never heard of either, but they both look really pretty!

  25. Meg Jerrard says:

    Thanks for putting this together! Scotland remains to date one of my favorite trips – we did a Haggis bus tour through the north, and it’s inspired me to plan a return trip but this time rent a car so we have more time to explore by ourselves. I obviously need to include time for the south 🙂 Thanks for the tips!

  26. I lived in the UK for 2 years and sadly never made it to Scotland but hoping I can go back and explore in the summer. It seems like such a beautiful place!

  27. I think this is such a great list that works well with family trips, too! Maze at Traquair House looks fun for all ages!

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