Earlston, Scotland, is a village in the district of Lauderdale on the River Leader. A settlement had been established there in the 1200s, and Earlston itself has the plans and layout of a village from the 1700s. Its main street runs from a junction with A68 by travelers going to Edinburgh to the north or Jedburgh and the English border to the south. Much of the through traffic stays away, so the charm is kept intact.
The Village Square is the main focus with its attractive hotels and a rose garden that was planted to mark the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Rhymer's Tower was the birthplace home of Sir Thomas Learmount, known as Thomas the Rhymer. There are many intriguing local stories about him, and there is a small stone in the Earlston Parish Church which says, "Auld Rymr's Race Lies in this Place". This church was built in 1892 and has headstones which are also interesting.
The Carolside Gardens one mile north of Earlston are open to the public for five weeks in the summer. One of the most beautiful of private gardens in Scotland, it has an 18th century mansion, lawns, a winter garden, a walled garden, a secret garden and a rose collection that has been assembled for over 20 years.