30 Things to do in The Borders

Floors CastleFloors 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.

Mary Queen of Scots HouseMARY QUEEN OF SCOTS HOUSE »

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.

Teviot Smokery and Water GardensTEVIOT SMOKERY AND WATER GARDENS »

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.

Kimmerston Riding CentreKIMMERSTON RIDING CENTRE »

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

Dawyck Botanical GardensDAWYCK BOTANICAL GARDENS »

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.

Traquair House TRAQUAIR HOUSE »

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.

Thirlstane CastleTHIRLSTANE CASTLE »

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.

Jim Clark Rally RoomJIM CLARK RALLY ROOM »

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.

Glentress ForestGLENTRESS FOREST »

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.

The Lochcarron ExperienceTHE LOCHCARRON EXPERIENCE »

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.

Hawick CashmereHAWICK CASHMERE »

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

Gunsgreen HouseGUNSGREEN HOUSE »

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.

Pease BayPEASE BAY »

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.

Bowhill House and Country Estate

BOWHILL HOUSE & COUNTRY ESTATE »

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.

Kailzie GardensKAILZIE GARDENS »

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.

Mellerstain House and GardensMELLERSTAIN HOUSE & GARDENS »

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.

Holy IslandHOLY ISLAND »

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 House Archery CentreEASTCOTE HOUSE ARCHERY CENTRE

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.

Go ApeGO APE »

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

Paxton HousePAXTON HOUSE »

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.

Smailholm TowerSMAILHOLM TOWER »

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

Kelso AbbeyKELSO ABBEY »

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.

Eyemouth MuseumEYEMOUTH MUSEUM »

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.

Heritage HubHERITAGE HUB »

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 CourtroomSIR WALTER SCOTT’S COURTROOM »

Location:  Selkirk, 21.9 miles
A museum which explores Sir Walter Scott’s life, his writings and especially his time as a sheriff. Free Admission.

The Kelso PotteryTHE KELSO POTTERY »

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.

Nenthorn Riding CentreNENTHORN RIDING CENTRE »

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.

Coldstream MuseumCOLDSTREAM MUSEUM »

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.

Ancrum Outdoor CentreANCRUM OUTDOOR CENTRE »

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!

The Hirsel EstateTHE HIRSEL ESTATE »

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.

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