Once upon a time in the South great events were carved on the flagstones of our churches, abbeys and landmarks. Kings and queens spoke sacred vows, the nobility built churches in the name of love, and Christianity took hold of Scotland. But there are smaller stories here too, of runaway lovers and talented stonemasons, who lived their lives in the shadow of these buildings and monuments.

The story of Christianity in Scotland started early with the arrival of St Ninian in Whithorn. By the time of King David I, the church was rich and powerful as evidenced by the four Borders Abbeys, now iconic ruins.

Not all our landmarks commemorate ancient events – see our tributes to writers, poets, heros and heroines. Enhance your experience by booking a tour with one of our knowledgeable guides who can unlock the stories and secrets of our historical buildings and monuments.