Further Afield – Things to do

With the Scottish Borders covering approximately 1800 square miles there’s so much to explore whilst you’re here. Alternatively, head west to discover Dumfries & Galloway or cross the border into England to discover the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District & Northumberland.

The Scottish Borders is set within some stunning scenery including beautiful valleys & forests.   Here’s a few ideas to help you plan your day:  

  • Berwickshire coastal path: enjoy 28 miles of this coastal path running from Cockburnspath in Scotland down to the English Border at Berwick Upon Tweed, passing through nature reserves & pretty coastal villages such as St. Abbs & Eyemouth.


  • Traquair House: just outside Peebles is Traquair House, Scotland’s oldest inhabited house dating back to 1107.



  • Dawyck Botanic Garden: for garden enthusiasts why not take a trip out to this world-class arboretum with an award winning visitor centre.

Dumfries & Galloway has provided inspiration to many artists & writers, & has a variety of museums, galleries & outdoor activities.


Here’s a few ideas to help you plan your day:


  • Drumlanrig Castle: home to the Duke & Duchess of Buccleuch, Drumlanrig Castle is set within a 90,000 acre estate with activities to interest the whole family.


  • Logan Botanic Garden: garden lovers can enjoy southern hemisphere plants thriving at this botanical garden.


  • Wigtown: Scotlands National Book Town holds an annual book fair packed with programmes for adults & children alike, whilst the town itself is brimming with ‘all things book-related’ all year round.

The Lake District is the most visited National Park in the UK & has many lakes, fells, valleys, towns & villages to explore.


Here’s a few ideas to help you plan your day:


  • Beatrix Potter: explore Hill Top Farm which inspired Beatrix to write some of her most popular books, you’re sure to recognise areas of the garden from her illustrations.


  • William Wordsworth: visit Grasmere, the resting place of William Wordsworth & home to Dove Cottage where you can see that little has changed since his residence there (don’t leave without some of the famous Gingerbread!)


  • Lake Windermere: why not take a relaxing cruise across the lake & enjoy in the wonderful views.

A largely rural county, about a quarter of Northumberland is protected as National Park. Home to Holy Island, a tidal island rich in medieval religious history there’s lots to see & do.


Here’s a few ideas to help you plan your day:


  • Bamburgh Castle: this castle has kept watch over the coastline for hundreds of years & holds a rich history of rebellion & battles ready for you to discover.


  • Alnwick Castle: visit the amazing state rooms, collections & archives of this fine castle that has appeared in many tv & film productions such as Harry Potter & Downton Abbey.


  • Ford & Etal Estates: a great day out for families & outdoor types with over 20 attractions across one destination.

Links to websites giving you more ideas on things to see & do further afield:

Lake District