Things to do

A good place to find out what events are on for both children and adults and listings of local activities including water sports, walking, cycling and fishing, please see the Ettrick & Yarrow valley website.   This website also gives details and maps of walks that start on the doorstep!

Border Events covers event listings throughout the Borders region.

The Scottish Borders is full of great days out and experiences – we can not list them all here but will try and fill you in as much as poss!

We are also very lucky to have The Mainstreet Trading Company in the Borders.  The multiple award winning destination is a bookshop, cafe, delicatessen and home store in one.  A great place to pass the time with a coffee and book.

The Border towns are famous for luxury cashmere and woollen mills.  See our blog post on Cashmere shopping in the Scottish Borders further info.

Bowhill House & Country Estate:  Less than 2 miles away, the  country home of the Duke & Duchess of Buccleuch, with adventure playground, soft play, historic house and cafe.

Cycling & Mountain Biking:  Situated in the Tweed Valley, Glentress and Innerleithen 7Stanes provides some of the best mountain biking in the country.  The award winning Glentress bike centre is a great day out for all ages, skills and abilities with various courses, stunt areas and Dirt School offering safaris, instruction and courses.  For cycling you can’t get better than the roads around our hills and valleys.  The Tour of Britain 2013, Stage 1 passed nearby.

Equestrian: The BHS approved Ian Stark Equestrian Centre is a short drive and offers lessons, hacking and trekking 7 days a week along with regular fixtures, competitions and training for all equestrian disciplines.  Nearby, the Bowhill Riding Stables offer lead-rein, hacking and livery, if required.  There are also numerous Bridle Paths in the area, one of which passes over Howford Hill.

GoApe the treetop forest adventure is at Peebles Glentress Forest.

Traquair House & Brewery: Originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland with extensive grounds, maze, craft workshops, events and delicious 1745 Restaurant.

Howford is in an enviable position for fishing on the Tweed and Ettrick Water.   If you are looking for professional guidance or instruction for fly fishing, contact Tweed Guide.  They can arrange all waders, equipment, permits and instruction. From beginners to experienced from age 8-80+.  Spey casting 2 hours sessions also available.  Wild brown trout, grayling, sea trout and atlantic salmon.


Self catering accommodation in the Scottish Borders. Holiday cottage to let.