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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.

Things To Do

Visit Kelso www.visitkelso.com. The best site to see what is happening locally. Event, shopping and exploring. Excellent site with lots of links.

Kelso Races www.kelso-races.co.uk. 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

Abbotsford 

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

Borders Abbeys: Kelso, Melrose and Jedburgh.

Jedburgh also offers Mary Queen of Scot’s house and Jedburgh Castle Jail, both free of charge.

Many of the museums in the Borders are free of  charge

Our favourite is Harestanes country park. Walks,, play areas indoor and outdoor; picnic areas and coffee shop; exhibitions and events throughout the year. Excellent whatever the weather

Walking

Book your walking holiday for summer 2021.

Lots of wonderful Borders Walks close by, we are ideally placed for:-

The Borders Abbey Way. Walk to us from the Roxburgh Viaduct.

St Cuthbert’s Way

Southern Uplands Way.

Gore-Tex Scottish National Trail

Maps and advice available. Please call to discuss. We have knowledge of many of the routes.

Many parties stay and complete the long distance trails using their cars to link up at the start and finish of each day.  Same comfortable bed each night, hot shower, meal in the slow cooker and only a packed lunch to carry.

All the Borders towns offer a short walk leaflet.. Have a look on Scottish Borders Council Walking page. Download and print or use our copies .

Facilites for drying boots and clothing.

Transport can be arranged if required.

Cycling

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.

Roxburghe Shooting School www.roxburgheshootingschool.co.uk

Set up in the grounds of the Roxburgh Hotel half a mile from us. Offering clay pigeon and game shooting and lots more.

Golf

There are over 20 courses in the Borders . www.bordergolf.co.uk

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 the Borders. Giacopazzis wonderful ice cream parlor is here.

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“The layout is nice, sharing a living room but also having the privacy of your own room with a TV and en suite facilities. Margaret, the lady who runs it, is so pleasant and could not do enough to make our stay enjoyable. She cooked a great breakfast for our first morning. She gives out a list the night before and was kind enough to wrap a bacon sandwich to go instead as we were in a rush the second morning. 
It was cosy, warm and peaceful. Great views everywhere and lots of good walking routes, close enough to Kelso for shopping if needed and an ideal walk from the nearby wedding venue (Roxburghe Hotel), just remember a torch! If I find myself visiting the area again, I will be calling her first.”

Ricky L

“Loved the bungalow with our dog and as we were the only ones in, we could have her with us for breakfast too. Lovely walks from the house along the river and over an amazing viaduct. Free Wi-fi. Very friendly hostess and excellent breakfast - thanks!”

Lynn A

“Spent the night at Goldilands when walking the Border Abbeys Way. We had the double room in the main house - super comfy bed and lovely bathroom with scads of hot water. Margaret and Graham couldn't have been nicer. We had to eat in Kelso and they kindly collected us from there (3 miles away) to save us the walk in the failing daylight, and then dropped us back this morning to continue our walk uninterrupted. Breakfast was delicious too.”

Polly G

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