And there's more!
More suggestions for things to do in the Scottish Borders and further afield...
Wild Tree Adventures a fantastic new venture in the vertical world of amazing trees based in the Scottish Borders.
Tree climbing is a great way to explore the natural world while at the same time getting great exercise and bucketfuls of fresh air.
Harestanes offers a new playground for children beside a lovely old homestead, surrounded by walks, including up to The Waterloo Monument, fantastic views over The Borders to Northumberland! Buy Design Gallery for high quality crafts. Time for tea, coffee, ice-cream. Play draughts in the courtyard, visit the exhibition hall and play with the wooden games in the hayloft!
Something new, something different Bird Gardens Scotland home to many species of waterfowl endangered or threatened in their natural environment. The Bird Garden is adjacent to Oxton Pottery, just north of Lauder.
Walk The Eildon Hills by Melrose and see for miles! A tip from a local – there’s a gentler route to the top – from the lochan at the west end of the hills!
You can’t help but love Melrose, lovely local shops, striking crafts in Crafters, Melrose Abbey and walks over the River Tweed to Gattonside.
Peebles, at the ‘top end’ of the Tweed Valley, is an from Kelso.
Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre – watch salmon travelling up river on web cam.
Tweed Valley Osprey Watching Centres at Kailzie Gardens and Glentress Peel
Dryden Riding Centre in the rolling hills near Selkirk
Robert Smail’s Printing Works in Innerleithen – try your hand at being a printer’s apprentice, to learn the almost forgotten art of letterpress printing and typesetting.
The Hirsel Estate and Country Park is about 8 miles from the cottages on the west side of Coldstream
Watersports enthusiasts Whiteadder Watersports Centre in the Lammermuir Hills between Gifford and Duns, is the place to go sailing boats & fishing for brown trout.
Kelso Swimming Pool is in Inch Road, Kelso
Ford and Etal – just a step over the border – one destination – over 20 attractions, including heavy horses, a steam train and a gallery.
Cliff tops walks from St Abbs to Eyemouth. Award winning fish and chips at Giacopazzis . You can get the bus back if you run out of energy!
St Abbs Head Nature Reserve is a bird watchers paradise!
Eyemouth Museum documents the social history of the fishing village. Book surf lessons at Coldingham Bay, or further down the coast at Beadnell in Northumberland, boarding, kayaking, snorkelling – or just enjoy flying kites on the beach!
Drive over the causeway to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) but make sure you check the tide timetables before you go! See the Castle, Priory, have a crab sandwich, wander round the island! The Barn at Beal is a great place to pause if you need a break en route.
The beach north of Bamburgh Castle has been my favourite since childhood! A lovely sandy beach with fascinating rock pools!
Sail from Seahouses in Northumberland to The Farne Islands – birds – seals – black rabbits!
An absolute must ....if you love books!
Researching Scottish Borders Family History
Ancestral Scotland the official Visit Scotland ancestral tourism site, Walk in the Footsteps of your Ancestors
One of the largest sources of online genealogy information – Scotland’s People
Scotland’s Genealogy – Researching & illustrating Scottish Ancestry & Family History. Contact Chris Halliday.