The Historic Royal Burgh of Jedburgh's closeness to the border - a mere 12 miles - made it the first and last town in Scotland, and a royal stronghold to be defended and attacked as the border shifted. Secluded by the ancient Jed Forest, Jedburgh Castle became an arena for centuries of bloody cross-border warfare. In 1820 the demolished castle became Jedburgh Jail, then a model Victorian prison, but now a free musuem.
A sprig of the last surviving oak of the ancient Jed Forest, the 400 year old Capon Tree, is pinned every year to the lapel of the Callent, the principal of the Jethart Callent's Festival. In 1566 Mary Queen of Scots stayed in Jedburgh, at a house which now tells the story of her tragic life. Every year Jedburgh plays Jethart Hand Ba' between the Uppies living above the town's Mercat Cross, and the Doonies born below it.
Jedburgh is home to a magnificent 12th century Augustinian Abbey, which hosts a dedicated visitor centre with facilities including free car and coach parking, and free Wi-Fi.
Jed's colourful streets reveal some real shopping gems.
Drop by Harestanes Countryside Visitors Centre near Jedburgh, with its impressive playpark, interactive exhibitions, tearoom, countryside walks and craft centre. Near Harestanes, Woodside Walled Gardens has an inspiring plant nursery and renowned homemade lunches and cakes, and the Peniel Heugh Monument commands marvellous views near Jedburgh. The Teviot Water Garden and Smokery cures the Borders' finest natural bounty, like salmon, kippers, venison and cheese - and serves them at its stunning riverside restaurant.
Population (2011) - 4,030