Hawick and Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders are in the south east part of the Scotland. The region is hilly and largely rural, with the River Tweed flowing west to east through it. As a visitor, you’ll be spoilt for choice – stunning landscapes, plenty to see and do, excellent accommodation and fantastic food. It’s a fascinating area for those who love history but also for people who like to walk, cycle, fish, golf and discover the many different faces of this pretty part of Scotland. The term Central Borders refers to the area in which the majority of the main towns of Galashiels, Selkirk, Hawick, Jedburgh, Earlston, Kelso, Newtown St. Boswells, St Boswells, Peebles, Melrose and Tweedbank are located.


Hawick is the largest town in the Scottish Borders council area and historic county of Roxburghshire. It is part of the TextileTrail and the major centre for the industry in the Scottish Borders. The town, therefore, has many shops with a large selection of knitwear and cashmere. Attractions include the Borders Textile Towerhouse in which the heritage of Scotland's premier textile manufacturing region is presented within a restored 16th-century tower house. Wilton Lodge Park, on the wooded banks of the River Teviot, has 107 acres of riverside and tree-lined walks, and a walled garden. The Hawick Museum and Scott Gallery detail the town's history and provide a venue for visiting exhibitions.

'The Horse' at the end of the High Street commemorates the victory of local youths over English invaders at nearby Hornshole in 1514. During the skirmish, the Abbot's banner was taken and triumphantly carried back to Hawick. One of the oldest Border Common Ridings, held in early summer, honours this event where 'The Horse' becomes the centrepiece for this symbolic festival.

Other events in the town include the Summer Festival, the Hawick Reivers Festival and the Alchemy Film Festival.

Important Places in Hawick

There are many places you probably would like to visit during your stay in Hawick. We try to create a short list of places you might be interested in. Please check our subpages for more details: