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The borderland between Scotland and England takes in Hadrian's Wall, the fortified city of Newcastle Upon Tyne and many well-defended manor houses. This was for centuries a ‘No Man's Land', open, wild and dangerous as armies campaigned and raiders made off with cattle. In Queen Victoria's time Scotland became fashionable and many of these fierce-looking Border houses took on a more welcoming aspect. Today the vast empty spaces between Tyneside and Edinburgh make this a beautiful place to tour by car and the warm hospitality at hotels created out of old castles, abbeys and coaching inns makes another good reason to visit.
Cally Palace Hotel

James Murray of Broughton was grandson of the fifth Earl of Galloway. In 1751 he inherited the family estate near Dumfries and while on his Grand Tour in Italy met the young architect Robert Mylne, from whom he commissioned a Palladian-style mansion. Cally House was complete by 1763. A huge portico was added by Murray's grandson during a neoclassical facelift in the 1830s. In 1934 the Murray family sold up and Cally became a hotel.

Cringletie House

In 1666 the Scots baron, Sir Alexander Murray built the first Cringletie House as a home for his younger son. That was demolished in 1861 by James Wolfe Murray who employed the Scottish architect David Bryce to design him a new home in the fashionable Scottish Baronial style. As it clear at Cringeltie, Bryce liked to put small Gothic corner towers on the top of his buildings.