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Border Family History Links

Researching your family roots? Ian is happy to create tailor made ancestral tours of The Borders Borders Journeys.

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.

More suggestions for things to do in the Scottish Borders

Southern Upland Roving Archery learn, hone, develop your skill & style, non-competitively, in a safe and fun way.

Design a pattern – paint a plate at Pot-a-doodle!

Clay Pigeon Shooting Bisley at Braidwood near Selkirk

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!

Ideas for Family Days Out – gathered together in one place!

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

Harestanes offers a lovely old homestead surrounded by walks, including up to The Waterloo Monument, views over The Borders to Northumberland! Buy Design Gallery for high quality crafts. Time for tea, coffee, ice-cream. Draughts in the courtyard. A great play ground and if it’s wet, wooden games in the hayloft!

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.

Mountain biking at Glentress – and you can ‘go ape‘!

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

Bowhill Stables a small friendly, professionally run yard at the heart of the beautiful Bowwhill 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 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

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 steam!

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!

Other places to stay….nearby –

Pete and Geraldine O’Driscoll at Edenmouth our next door neighbours, run a converted farm steading. Sleeping 2,4,6. Geraldine also does B&B.

Yvette and Judith look after Burnbrae, by Nenthorn, 5 miles north of Kelso. Three one-bedroom cottages in a converted long stone barn. Sleeping 2-4

Barbara and Paul let Yethouse. Near Newcastleton – in the very south of the Borders area – not far from Keilder Water in Northumberland. A great escape and a rare find! As is their other property Dalkeith House which sleeps up to 10 in style!

Friends with cottages – further afield…

Sandwood Lodge is a cosy Self Catering Log Cabin on Loch Lomond situated in a striking setting beneath Ben Lomond.

Cloag Farm Cottages near Perth where you can enjoy the peace, quiet and wonderful views of the Perthshire countryside. Three 3* farm cottages, near Methven.

Sea Glint is a delightful self catering cottage near the sea front in the quiet fishing village of Pittenweem, in Fife

Craobh Haven Cottages – Argyll
Traditionally built Scottish homes with open fires and timber beams with wonderful, unspoilt views of many West Coast islands.

Embrace Scotland is the marketing web site for The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers – who are completely committed to quality!

Last Minute Cottages have cottages available in the next 6 weeks