There is no lack of things to do in the area, whether you’re looking for peaceful walks around a Loch, historical relics standing proud in a beautiful surrounding, or whether you just want to go and have the most fun possible with or without kids, there is something for everyone. We’ve listed some of our favourites below.
1. Go Ape
Just fifty minutes from our park, Glentress, located near Peebles, offers superb walking, mountain biking, tree-top fun and magnificent views of the beautiful Tweed Valley. Built on the hillside within beautiful Glentress Forest, Go Ape Peebles makes good use of the valley for some jaw-dropping exposure, and features our highest zip wire over the reservoirs.
2. St Mary’s Loch
St Mary’s Loch is situated 28 miles away from our park in the Scottish Borders on the A708 road between Selkirk and Moffat.
You can enjoy a relaxing walk and explore the beautiful Yarrow Valley around the Border’s largest natural loch. The loch is right at the historic hunting ground Ettrick Forest, a place where William Wallace would rally his allies to come together to raid the nearby English settlements. It is also a perfect setting for visitors to take part in activities such as cycling, walking, sailing, watersports and fishing.
3. Jedburgh Abbey
Visit Jedburgh Abbey, a ruined Augustinian abbey which was founded in the 12th century, is situated in the town of Jedburgh, just 6 miles from our park and 10 miles north of the border with England at Carter Bar. Jedburgh is the largest town on the A68 between Newcastle upon Tyne and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.
It’s one of the famous 7stanes mountain biking centres, with award-winning trails that attract riders from all over the UK and beyond. Walking at Glentress is great too, with airy views across the famous River Tweed and a chance to tread in the footsteps of Bronze Age and Iron Age people.
5. Mary Queen of Scots House
Explore the historic town of Jedburgh’s connections with Mary Queen of Scots at this fascinating visitor centre.
Queen Mary stayed in Jedburgh in 1566 on an official tour, and it was whilst she was here she visited her secret lover in Hermitage Castle.
6. Melrose Abbey
Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale with lavishly decorated masonry.
Probably the most famous ruin in Scotland, the abbey was founded by David I in 1136 for the Cistercian Order, and it was largely destroyed by Richard II’s English army in 1385. The surviving remains of the church are of the early 15th century, and are of an elegance unsurpassed in Scotland. Objects found during excavation are displayed in the Commendator’s House.
7. Floors Castle
Discover Floors Castle, Scotland’s largest inhabited Castle and visit one of the leading visitor attractions in the Scottish Borders.
8. St Abb’s Head
Formed by an extinct volcano, the St Abb’s Head is the best known landmark along the magnificent Berwickshire coast.
Sheer cliffs loom from the sea at St Abb’s Head, giving dramatic views of the Berwickshire coastline and providing an early summer home for nesting seabirds. Watch the constantly moving mass of birds in the narrow inlets, or admire their swooping flight as they head out towards the stormy seas.
9. Ferniehirst Castle
Ferniehirst Castle, lies two miles south of Jedburgh in the picturesque Scottish Borders.
The castle offers the perfect venue for dinners and other functions. Its large stone fireplaces, iron candelabra and family portraits set the tone for a unique dining experience.
Oozing charm, steeped in history, grand yet homely, Ferniehirst Castle is a veritable gem. If you a looking for something a little bit different, you may just have stumbled upon it.
10. Hermitage Castle
A vast and eerie ruin of the 14th and 15th centuries, Hermitage is associated with the de Soulis, the Douglases and Mary Queen of Scots.
Hermitage Castle is found in a beautiful rural location in Liddesdale and its turbulent history has led to it being described as ‘the guardhouse of the bloodiest valley in Britain’.
11. Scott’s View
You will be able to come to the viewpoint from Melrose and St Boswells to admire the stunning view of the River Tweed and Eildon Hills. The hills serve as a reminder of the volcanic activity that once took place in the area. The lookout was known to be one of Sir Walter Scott’s favourite places to come and reflect.
12. Born In The Borders
Born in the Borders is an extraordinary new visitor centre located next to the Scottish Borders Brewery.
Set on the banks of the River Teviot, it brings together the best of everything that is grown, made, spun, produced, cooked and created in the area.
With a food and drink shop, a goods and gifts shop, a stunning cafe and restaurant, riverside walks, picnic spots and brewery tours, there’s no better way to discover the incredible wealth of products and goods our amazing region has to offer.
13. Abbotsford House
Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford remains today as one of the most famous houses in the world; it reflects, almost as no other place, the mind, enthusiasms and preoccupations of the man who built it.
14. The Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary
The Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary. Located at the 80 acre estate – The Holmes, St.Boswells just 5 minutes from our park, near Melrose, in The Scottish Borders – the animals fortunate in having been re-homed here, are accommodated in small groups in well-fenced and watered paddocks of permanent pasture, each with a field shelter.
15. Harestanes Visitor Centre
Beautiful countryside and a great outdoor play park mean there’s always lots to do, whatever the weather. Discover why Harestanes is one of the Borders’ best-loved attractions. Events, exhibitions and activities throughout the season.