Borders Things to Do

  • First glimpse of the reservoir.
    First glimpse of the reservoir.
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  • Impressive water works.
    Impressive water works.
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Borders Things to Do

  • Hermitage Castle

    Hermitage Castle stands alone on a bleak, lonely moor in the Scottish Borders,the closest place probably being Newcastleton.However bleak it may appear, it is an impressive hulk of a semi ruin.It's name means guardhouse and it was certainly the guardian of the bloodiest valley in Britain in it's time.The castle was built on the site of former...

  • Seacliffe Harbour

    This is an amazing place! Having read about it on the internet and it being close to where we were camped, it was a must see.Seacliff is an estate some four miles east of North Berwick, only accessed, by vehicle, down a private road. This costs £2 and is a coin operated barrier. The road is one way and you exit from the opposite end of the...

  • Dirleton Castle Gardens.

    Late July, these lovely gardens are so very colourful and are a wonderful place to wander.The gardens were originally laid out in the 16th century but have been through many changes.As you enter the grounds, you are met with a riot of colour from borders separated by a lawn. This is all immaculately kept and seats are positioned at intervals so you...

  • Dunbar Harbour

    Dunbar is an attractive harbour town, sitting on the mouth of the Firth of Forth. It is the birthplace of John Muir, the famour naturist and conservationist.The town has claim to three harbours, the oldest dating from 1710. The harbours are continually being developed and improved and there is a very active harbour trust.The harbour was home to...

  • Scoughall Beach

    The beach at Scoughall is spectacular with stunning views towards Bass Rock to the north and Dunbar to the south, It seems the beach is called Peffer Sands and is only accessible on foot from various footpaths or from the temporary camp site at Scoughall farm during July and August. There is also a childrens religious holiday camp here from which...

  • Dirleton Church

    Beautifully located at the north end of the village green, in the pretty village of Dirleton, this stunning church is worthy of a visit. It is open daily and has the usual visitor book and offerings box.It was built in 1612 to finally replace the 12thc kirk in nearby Gullane.The church has been added to little by little, including the gothic...

  • Dirleton Castle

    We visited this castle purely unplanned, we were going to stop off in North Berwick for a look round but the place was packed and parking difficult so we gave it a miss.Instead, we noticed Dirleton castle on our OS map so decided to have a look. We are so glad we did, this is a real gem with plenty of ruins to look round and a lovely garden to...

  • Enjoy the Views For Free

    We didn't visit Bass Rock or Tantallon Castle, but enjoyed these superb sights from the beaches.Bass Rock, an ancient volcano,is sited in the Firth of Forth and looks almost white from afar, it being covered in guano. It is a pretty impressive sight on a clear day. The lighthouse on the rock was built in 1902 and there are remains of a chapel.The...

  • Hume Castle

    We just happened to notice this castle in passing so called in for a brief look.The early 13th century castle stands magnificently proud on a hill in the middle of the village of Hume, almost looking like a sandcastle. Indeed, it turned into a folly at some stage of it's life, when the enormous outer walls were added in the 18th century.It belonged...

  • Bellhaven Bay.

    Sadly, our visit here was marred by a thick, persistent sea mist but it appeared to be an interesting part of the coast.Bellhaven Bay is found to the west of Dunbar and forms part of the John Muir Country Park. The bay is extensive and backed in places by sand dunes.The views (on a clear day) across the Forth estuary and to Bass Rock are...

  • Whiteadder Water Reservoir.

    Strictly speaking, this is just over the border, in East Lothian but I am classing it in the Scottish Borders.There was once a rural community with a farm and school at the location until it was flooded in 1968 to provide water for the thirsty towns in East Lothian. Millknowe farm and Kingside School had to be demolished and flooded. Even the road...

  • Hirsel Country Park

    Another find!! Hirsel House is not open to the public but the 3,000 or so acres of woodland, river and lakeland walks are.Farming and forestry are still carried out today. In the Homestead Complex is a wonderful museum, housed in various outbuildings, depicting the historical background of the people who lived and worked here. Old farming equipment...

  • St. Abbs Head

    This is a National Nature Reserve, belonging to National Trust for Scotland.It is an outstanding coastal area, extending for some 192 acres over sheer, jagged cliffs, formed from an extinct volcano.If you are into bird watching, then this is for you. During April - Aug thousands of nesting birds, kittiwakes, guillimots, kittiwakes, razor bills to...

  • Jim Clark Rooms

    I have to admit, I gave this one a miss and let the "boys" do it on their own. I don't know whether this was the start of Michael's love for the Grand Prix, but since then he has been to Silverstone twice and follows the racing avidly.The museum houses a collection of memorabilia from Jim Clark's motor racing days. He was twice the world racing...

  • Kelso

    A pleasant Borders town situated at the confluence of the Rivers Tweed and Teviot, looked over by the Lammermuir Hills in the north and the Cheviots in the south. In the centre of the town is Kelso Abbey, built in 1128. It was one of the wealthiest abbeys in Scotland, taking it's riches from the vast lands, churches, schools and farms around it.By...

  • Eyemouth

    Berwickshire's (part of the Scottish Borders) largest town on the east coast. We really liked the place, with it's intersting and busy harbour, sandy beach and lots to see and do.Eyemouth harbour, formed naturally from the mouth of the river Eye, has been a port since 13thc. Like many of these coastal towns it was renowned for smuggling during the...

  • Teviot Water Gardens and Smoke House

    Once again the heavens opened but we were not going to let that stop us visiting places. After all, we are British!!!Teviot Water Gardens was a little gem. We just happened to pass a sign after leaving Harestanes and thought we'd take a look. Easy parking and no admittance. Here you'll be delighted with the tiered water garden built into the banks...

  • Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre

    A great family day out. lots of info on the area, a fantastic adventure playground, woodland walks, gardens, wooden toys and more. This used to be a working farm, but like many farms it has had to come up with side-lines in order for it to survive. Now, probably one of the region's most popular spots.We were impressed with the place but due to the...

  • Melrose Abbey

    There as been an abbey in Melrose since 650AD, but a structure on the present site dates back to the 12th C.Construction of the abbey buildings took around 50 years.In the 13th C the abbey was attacked by the English and many of the monks were killed.Much of the abbey was also destroyed.The rebuilding was much supported by Robert the Bruce, and his...

  • Jedburgh Abbey

    Jedburgh Abbey has always seemed to draw the unwanted attention of foreign armies, since its foundation in 1138. Nowadays it just gets invaded by tourists.Still quite complete, as well as the abbey church buidings, there is also a herb garden and a visitor centre to explore.The visitor centre contains 8th C carvings and other artefacts excavated...

  • Dryburgh Abbey

    Dryburgh Abbey is a magnificent ruin of an abbey, that sits by the river Tweed. It is still quite complete for its age, an gives a good insight into monastic life.The abbey buildingd have been destroyed by fire three times and also felt the ravages of war on four seperate occaisions. Despite this fine examples of eccliesiastic architecture await...


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  • Meadhon House

    48 Castlegate, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire TD8

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Station Hotel

    26 Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PT, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course

    Floors Castle, Roxburghshire, Kelso, TD5 8JZ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Castle Venlaw Hotel

    Edinburgh Road, Peebles, EH45 8QG, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Mansfield House Hotel

    Weensland Road, Hawick, TD9 8LB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples


    Main Street, Leitholm, COLDSTREAM, TD12 4JN, GB

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Traquair Arms Hotel

    Traquair Road, Ellwyn, Innerleithen, Peeblesshire

  • Woodlands House Hotel

    Windyknowe Road, 1 Ryefield, Galashiels, Selkirksh

  • The Buccleuch Arms Hotel

    The Green, , St Boswells, Scottish Border TD6 0EW

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