Local Attractions & Events

We have compiled a selection of articles about some of the many local attraction in the region. As well as hundreds of possible walks there are also dozens of places to visit. The area has a long and rich history which can be explored by visiting its many abbeys, castles, stately homes and historical monuments. The region is also very popular for fishing, golf and other leisure pursuits – all within easy distance of the cottage. If you would like any further info about distances or particular attractions then please feel free to get in touch.

Farne Island Boat Trips

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Scottish Borders Art in Glass

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Alpaca walks in the Borders

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Music at Mellerstain House

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Borders Counties Rally

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Borders Heritage Festival

The Borders Heritage Festival will take place  from the 1st to 30th Sept. More information can be found at: https://www.visitscotland.com/info/events/borders-heritage-festival-p1430951?utm_source=SilverpopMailing-UK&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MSAug17G%20(1)&utm_content=History_BHF_CTA&vsid=75e6be26-3fd9-e411-bf72-00155d32386f&vss=Loyal   and Here:...

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Soutra Aisle.& House of Soutra Coffee Shop

Soutra Aisle.& House of Soutra Coffee Shop

The remains of the largest medieval hospital in Scotland. said to have been founded  in 1164 and was run by an Augustinian order of monks. Soutra Aisle is located not far from the village of Fala on the A68 heading away from Edinburgh towards Jedburgh and Kelso.    Closeby is the new and vibrant Soutra Coffee shop, which is open daily and is a must for home baking ,tasty lunches and delicious freshly ground coffee. If you are heading  towards Kelso from the Edinburgh direction ,then this is a must as is Carfrae Mill Hotel  at the other...

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Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre.

Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre.

Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre. Set in beautiful countryside no far from Jedburgh. A free all year attraction. There is always lots to do. From play park with cycle paths to walkways, exhibitions and events . The facilities on offer are disable friendly and also feature a cafe with free wifi. The Visitor Centre  is free and is open daily from from Wednesday 1 April – Saturday 31         October  2015.  Set not far from Jedburgh it features Woodland Walks, a Play Area for kids and lots of events and exhibitions. Sat 29th...

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Thirlestane Castle

Thirlestane Castle

  Thirlestane Castle. A magnificent 16th Century Castle set in a magnificent parkland landscape, the family home of the Duke of Lauderdale. The land has been in the ownership of the Maitland family since 1587, and Thirlestane served as the seat of the Earls of Lauderdale. The castle was substantially extended in the 1670s and further additions were made in the 19th century. The castle is now cared for by a charitable trust, and is open to the public. The Maitlands The Maitlands came to Britain with William the Conqueror in 1066,...

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Paxton House & Gardens

Paxton House  & Gardens

Paxton House & Gardens   Paxton House was originally built in 1758, to the design of John and James Adam, for Patrick Home, Laird of Wedderburn and his intended bride, Sophie de Brandt, Lady in Waiting to Queen Elizabeth Christina of Prussia. The house boasts a collection of antique furniture and also boasts the largest picture gallery in a Scottish country house. It houses over 70 paintings from the National Galleries of Scotland, including works by Raeburn, Wilkie and Lawrence. Paxton House overlooks the beautiful River Tweed and is...

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