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

Alpaca Trekking at Beirhope in The Scottish Border hills 

Cycle in The Scottish Borders – Scotland’s leading cycling destination!

 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.

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 river on web cam.

Tweed Valley Osprey Watching Centres at Kailzie Gardens and Glentress Peel

Dryden Riding Centre in the rolling hills near Selkirk

Bowhill Stables a small friendly, professionally run yard at the heart of the beautiful Bowhill Estate in Selkirk

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

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!

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.

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!

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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