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30 things to do in the borders

/Floors Castle
Location:  Kelso, 4.9 miles
Suitable for families and dogs. Discover the grounds of Floors Castle & enjoy the woodland walks, plant centre, walled gardens and the adventure playground.  Explore the castle and its historic roots, and then relax in the Terrace Café.

Location:  Jedburgh, 9.2 miles
A 16th century bastle house set in a garden of pear trees.  Displays the stories of the tragic Scottish Queen in an array of paintings, textiles and objects.  Free admission.

Location:  Eckford, 6.6 miles
Fresh smoked local produce and game, outstanding gift shop and coffee shop, water gardens and riverside walk.  Free admission. No dogs allowed.

Location:  Wooler, 20.4 miles
Best known stables in the area. Catering for all abilities, beach rides, hill rides, lessons, riding holidays, family rides. 

Location: Nr Innerleithen, 48.9 miles
Truly one of the world’s finest arboreta. Seasonal displays of abundant exotic and native plants provide a breath taking backdrop of colour throughout the year. The Garden also offers an award-winning visitor centre.

Location:  Innerleithen, 35.8 miles
A colourful, historic place with grounds and gardens,and uou can see the maze and willow tunnels and have lunch in the café restaurant.  Family friendly.

Location:  Lauder, 20.6 miles
Explore the history of the castle and grounds using a tour guide or on your own.  Hosts events such as horse trials and dog agility.  Family friendly.

Location:  Duns, 21.4 miles
A museum about the racing career of the famous Jim Clark.  Exceptional to visit when the profound Jim Clark rally finished in Duns on June 2nd.

Location:  Innerleithen, 40 miles
Britain’s finest cycling experience, caters for all abilities, mountain bike hire available on site, tuition and courses available and café for refreshments.  Family friendly.

Location:  Selkirk, 21.9 miles
Relax with a coffee and home baked scone in our delightful coffee shop, then revive yourself with some retail therapy! Showcasing the finest natural fibres, tartans and tweeds, Scottish jewellery and other beautiful gifts are a must see.

Location:  Hawick, 18 miles
138 years of excellence, sell cashmere worldwide, produced in Scotland.  Also a store on Bridge Street, Kelso.

Location:  Eyemouth, 34.1 miles
An architectural building and visitor attraction.  This is a smuggling museum and historical house which are open to the public.

Location: Cockburnspath  35 miles
Brief Description:  Very family and dog friendly.  Unwind to the sounds of the sea and enjoy the famed panoramic views of this magnificent coastline.  

Location:  Selkirk, 21.9 miles
Very family friendly.  The house includes guided house tours, theatre, Victorian Bowhill, adventure playground, trails, activities and events, tea room and gift shop and soft play for smaller children.

Location:  Peebles, 40.8 miles
Open 7 days a week, restaurant, a gift shop, Children's Corner, putting green and a picnic area.  Family & dog friendly.

Location:  Gordon, 11.1
A stately home, explore the grounds, gardens, and the country house itself.  Enjoy a walk around the lake and finish in the tea room.

Location:  Northumberland, 37.1 miles
Discover its spiritual history and enjoy breath taking views.  Check the tide times, you don’t want to get stuck!  Neighbouring village with quirky shops and cafes.  Family and dog friendly.

Eastcote, Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland TD9 8SZ
T: 01450 870008
Location:  Hawick, 15.3 miles
An insight into the world of archery catering for all levels of ability.  Lessons available with a retail shop, workshop and retail shop.  Instructors are on hand at all times.  Family friendly.

Location:  Innerleithon, 38.7 miles
Very family friendly day out at the UKs number one forest adventure.  This is an adventurous day out.  

Location:  Berwick-Upon-Tweed, 21.8 miles
Lots to do for children, as well as being a historic house.  A great family day out, with lots of activities and lots of learning. 

Location:  Kelso, 3.3 miles
A small walk up to Smailholm tower reveals a historic story and breath taking views.

Location:  Kelso, 3.3 miles
Part of historic Kelso.  This is the west end of the great abbey church, brought to Kelso in 1128 by David I.  Even in its fragmentary state, this is a superb piece of architecture.

Location:  Eyemouth, 33.9
Mainly a fishing museum which shows the history of historic Eyemouth.  It is very educating, with special exhibitions and a small gift shop.  

Location:  Hawick, 18 miles
Scottish Borders local archive and history centre, including 750 years of ancient history.  Collections of materials you will not see anywhere else in the Borders.  There are many activities including tracing back your family tree.  

/SIR WALTER SCOTT’S COURTROOMLocation:  Selkirk, 21.9 miles
A museum which explores Sir Walter Scott’s life, his writings and especially his time as a sheriff. Free Admission.

Location:  Kelso, 3.3 miles
Learn the stages of manufacture of “Stoneware Pottery”, and see the range of pottery on offer for sale.  A family run business on a timeless trade.

Location:  Nenthorn, 6.2 miles
Based in the countryside of Kelso, a family run stables that caters for all abilities.  Horses available for hire, hacking out or lessons, which can be specific.  This is a great family day out.

Location:  Coldstream, 10.4 miles
In addition to a varied programme of exhibitions and workshops, the Museum houses permanent displays exploring the history of the parish, burgh and its people from priory to provost, trade to twinning, the Found and the Fallen.

Location:  Ancrum, 9.1 miles
Almost defying description these guys offer a seriously wide range outdoor activities, wet and dry, active and serene, on foot and by vehicle. Examples include sailing, mountaineering, kayaking, archery, chain walking, coasteering, blokarting, gorge walking: and that's far from all!

Location:  Coldstream, 11.3 miles
A great day out for all the family with wonderful walks around the lake and through the mysterious Dundock Wood; at the Homestead there is a Museum, craft units, children's play area and tearoom.

Historic borders

Historic borders
So much history, so much to do Discover the grounds of Floors Castle & enjoy the woodland walks, plant centre, walled gardens and the adventure playground. Explore the castle and its historic roots, and then relax in the Terrace Café. Take a look

Great for families

Great for families
Fantastic days out From deer parks, to steam railways and fairy tale castles there is so much to do in the Borders Take a look

A hub of activity

A hub of activity
So much going on From book festivals to ride outs, historical re-enactments and rugby, the Borders keeps you entertained year round. Take a look

Explore The Capital

Explore The Capital
So much going on Less than an hour from Edinburgh, home to the largest annual international arts festival in the world. This includes the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Take a look