Things to do in the Scottish Borders

The Borders offers something for everyone, whether it’s walking, fishing, shooting, golf, historic houses or shopping. There are several regular events, including championship dog shows, motor rallies and ridings.

Places to visit

Kelso just 3 miles away; a beautiful cobbled market town offering lots of individual shops, selling shoes, clothes, gifts, food and more, not the usual chain stores. Farmers market monthly. When refreshment is required there are numerous coffee shops selling very tempting cakes.

Kelso Races Leave your car with us and get a taxi back after the racing and a                                 meal in Kelso. We are happy to take you to the races 3 miles away if we are not too busy.

Floors Castle 

Home to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe is just three miles from us. Antiques roadshow  here on 6th July 2017


Walter Scott’s home. Wonderful visitor center with restaurant/coffee shop. Great childrens’ playground. Walks in the area exceptional, something suitable for everyone from a gentle stroll to a good hill walk.

Mellerstain House and Gardens

Paxton House

Borders Abbeys: Kelso, Melrose and Jedburgh. Jedburgh also offers Mary Queen of Scot’s house and Jedburgh Castle Jail, both free of charge.



Lots of wonderful Borders Walks maps and advice available. We can accompany you if required. Please call to discuss. All the Borders towns offer a short walk leaflet, most of them in our bookcase.

We have facilites for drying boots and clothing. Please speak to us about walking packages, where you stay with us for the duration of your long-distance walk, enabling you to get “settled” in our comfy beds and saving you the trouble of packing up every day.

Southern Upland Way

Borders Abbey Way Walkers

St Cuthbert’s Way, Borders Abbey Way, Southern Uplands Way are easily accessible.


Scottish Borders Council offer cycling booklets for most of the Borders towns with a good selection of routes. Cycles may be hired or we have storage for your own. The roads are quiet making the activity easy for novice cyclists. The Coast and Castles ride passes through Kelso. We are slightly off route but can supply a scenic detour direct to our property via a suspension bridge or viaduct over the Teviot. Highly recommended by several guests.


Outdoor Activities

Alnwick Gardens and  Next door to each other, tickets required for                                                                each, discount if purchased together and last for 12 months.Castle                                                                        famous for Harry Potter, themed events throughout the year. Children                                                                can ride on Broomsticks. Falconry displays and jesting most days.

Harestanes Visitors’ Centre Wonderful playground and walks, courtyard with various craft shops.                                                                  Fantastic indoor activities, try reassembling a tree! Regular activities                                                                  including bat walks and wildlife spotting.

Kalzie Gardens Peaceful gardens for adults, fly fishing and tuition and a “try” fishing pool for children,                                   “guaranteed” catch. Great fun, all equipment can be hired.

The Hirsel Walks, Highland Cows and Craft courtyard

Dawyck Gardens

Roxburghe Shooting School .

Set up in the grounds of the Roxburgh Hotel half a mile from us.                                                                           Offering clay pigeon and game shooting and lots more. Ladies day on                                                                 18th March. Bring a party and take the whole of Goldilands, somowhere                                                              warm and comfortable to come back to and sit in our lounge discussing                                                              the fun with a tipple!!


Roxburghe Championship course two minutes down the lane from us.

Hirsel  Favorite course of most guests 10 miles away in Coldstream. The estate offers lots of other                            activities and has a coffee shop offering cakes to dies for

Eyemouth on the coast Situated in lovely town with museums, costal walks and best Fish and chils in t                           the Borders. Giacopazzis wonderful ice cream parlor is here.

Roxburghe Championship Course