The historic town of Lauder stands on the A68 about 25 miles south of Edinburgh. It makes a most convenient base, with shops, a popular craft shop/cafe and good pubs and eating places within walking distance. The area is very popular with walkers, cyclists and fishing enthusiasts.
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A Most Convenient Base
The town is ideally placed for exploring the central and eastern Border country and the Berwickshire coast. It also boasts a golf course, designed by 19th century Open Champion Willie Park, which welcomes visitors and is perhaps a more relaxing alternative to the likes of Muirfield and Luffness which are within an hour's drive.
The Flat Cat Gallery exhibits local arts and crafts and its tearoom offers delicious home baking. There are also several hotels and pubs that provide good food.
For walkers the town is a focal point for different sections of the Southern Upland Way and other walks. There is a regular bus service to Edinburgh if you fancy a day in our beautiful capital.
On the outskirts of the town Thirlestane Castle and its grounds is the main local attraction. It was rebuilt in 1590 but has its origins in the 13th century and is steeped in history. It is known as Scotland's turreted fairytale castle and is open to visitors. A tour of the castle shows life in bygone years and conditions for those thrown into the dungeon. The Thirlestane Castle Scottish Championship Horse Trials take place every August.
The East Lothian coast, with its sandy beaches, surfing and, of course, the famous golf courses at Luffness, Gullane and Muirfield are less than an hour's drive away.
The Lammermuir Hills
The Lammermuir Hills separate the northern part of the Borders and East Lothian with its highest peak being Lammer Law at 528 metres.
The Southern Upland Way passes along the foothills of the Lammermuirs past the villages of Longformacus and Abbey St. Bathans to Cockburnspath on the east coast. These hills were the setting for Sir Walter Scott's Bride of Lammermoor.