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More suggestions for things to do in the Scottish Borders and further afield...

Alpaca Trekking at Beirhope in the rolling Border hills. 

Wilson’s Farm and Kitchen Robert and Lucy run a Range of farm tours and food experiences to suit  couples, families and small groups on several dates throughout the year. See their website for much more information.

Jacksons at Jedburgh, a great family day out. Guided seasonal experiences or book an open farm visit. 

Harestanes, near Ancrum has a 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 at Out There Artisan. Play draughts in the courtyard, and visit the Glass Studio

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.

You can’t help but love Melrose, lovely local shops, striking arts and crafts in The Crafters, Melrose Abbey, walks over the River Tweed to Gattonside and up The Eildon Hills for panoramic views of the Borders  .

The Reivers Road – a virtual Tour Guide of The Scottish Borders – unique, GPS triggered, audio storytelling tours. Check out the trails!

Mountain biking at Glentress – and you can ‘Go Ape‘!

Peebles, at the ‘top end’ of the Tweed Valley, is about an hour from Kelso.

Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre – watch salmon travelling up the River Tweed on web cam.

Rock UK is an outdoor adventure centre at Whithaugh Park, Newcastleton in the very south of The Borders – not far from Kielder Water

Robert Smail’s Printing Works in Innerleithen – try being a printer’s apprentice, 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

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!

Or you could take a burl in a boat to see the spectacular coast on Eyemouth Rib Trips !

Eyemouth Museum documents the social history of the fishing village.

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!

Main Street Trading Company in St Boswells – highly recommended! Browse, buy from a great selection of books in a calm relaxed setting! Have a cuppa, bite to eat, and read!

More books at Barter Books in Alnwick Railway Station- one of the largest second hand book shops in Britain!

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

Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre at Hawick

Borders Family History Society

Scotland’s Genealogy – Researching & illustrating Scottish Ancestry & Family History. Contact Chris Halliday.

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