Local Attractions

Babingtons Cottage

Bamburgh Castle

Spanning 9 acres of land on its rocky plateau high above the Northumberland coastline, Bamburgh Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country.

The Barn at Beal

The Barn at Beal has a Visitor's Centre, Restaurant and Coffee Shop. It is situated at Beal Farm, a short distance from Berwick-upon-Tweed and opposite Holy Island. With a Guest House next door, superb views over Holy Island and wonderful home grown food it is a place not to miss.

Beal Farm, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, ND15 2PB. Tel:01289 381477

Berwick Shell Fish Company

The Berwick Shellfish Company specialises in exporting shellfish of the highest quality to markets throughout Europe. The Company is a 3rd generation family business and has been in business for over 45 years. Free delivery for orders over £50. 00. Tel: 07714 900969

Bird Watching

Taking a boat trip with Billy Shiel out to the Farne Islands during the spring is a real highlight.

Birdwatch Northumbria run local birdwatching tours on Holy Island, Seahouses and up in the Cheviot Hills.

Black Bull Pub

The Black Bull is a charming thatched Pub in the Village of Etal in Northumberland. Tel: 01890 820200

The Borders Distillery, Commercial Road, Hawick, TD9 7 AQ

The Borders Distillery in Hawick is the first distillery in the Borders since 1837.  Open Monday - Saturday Tours run every hour and cost £12.00 which include a 40 minute tour of the distillery and a dram at the end. Tours 10.00 -16.00. Tel: 01450 3 74330

Chain Bridge Honey Farm

Started in 1948 by William Selby Robson, this family business has a lovely Visitors Centre with products relating to bees close to Berwick on Tweed by the Union Bridge. Old Farm Machinery is housed in the grounds.

Donkey Sanctuary

The Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary provides a caring home for donkeys and mules in need of love and attention.
Babingtons Cottage sponsors two donkeys Twinkletoes and Sweetpea.

Farne Islands

The Farne Islands lie 3 or 4 miles off the Northumberland Coast and midway between the fishing village of Seahouses and and the magnificent Bamburgh Castle. As well as being the most famous Sea Bird Sanctuary in the British Isles there is also a large colony of Atlantic or Grey Seals.

Gunsgreen House

Gunsgreen House was built in 1753 by local smuggler John Nisbet of a John Adam design. Inside the house are secret hiding places for the smuggled goods. The house overlooks the glorious fishing village of Eyemouth and houses an interesting museum.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

A 15" guage steam railway running from Heatherslaw, 6.4 km to Etal Village - a return journey journey of 50 minutes.

Hermitage Castle

The Castle is semi-ruined and near Newcastleton. Built around 1240 it is one of the most sinister places in Scotland. Its name is thought to be derived from the old French word "l'armitage", meaning "guardhouse".

Holy Island

By Boat  - this excellent unforgettable trip lasts 4 hours including the 2 hours spent on the island. Commentary is given en route.

By Car Holy Island (Lindisfarne) is a tidal island and vehicles can only cross the causeway when the tide is open. Opening times vary significantly every day and you should familarise yourself with the causeway opening times for the day of your visit!  

Hume Castle

High on a hill between Kelso &Greenlaw lie the remnants of the 12th/13 Century Hume Castle. Owned by the Hume or Home family Its commanding position can be seen for miles around.

Kelso Race Course, Kelso TD5 7SX

Kelso Race Course opened in 1822 is described as 'one of Britain's friendliest Race Courses'. Voted the 'best small Course in Scotland and the north of England in 2007, 2014 and 2017. It stages National Hunt Racing from September to May. Tel:01573 221221.

Lindean Mill Glass

Lindean Mill Glass, Galashiels was established in 1978 and are the pioneers of the studio glass movement in Scotland. See how glass is made in the studio. Tel:01750 20173

Lindisfarne Mead, St. Aidan's Winery, Holy Island, Northumberland TD15 2RX

The history of mead goes back into the aeons of time. It is without doubt a strong contender to be classed as the ancestor of all fermented drinks. A wonderful experience to visit the shop on Holy Island. 

The Lochcarron Visitors Centre, Waverley Mill, Dunsdale Road, Selkirk, TD7 5DZ

The Lochcarron Visitors Centre in Selkirk gives you the unique opportunity to see first hand exactly how woven textiles are made. Established in 1947 it is the worlds leading manufacturer of Tartan woven fabrics. Monday-Thursday - 10.30, 11,30, 1,30, &2.30 or by prior appointment. Tel: 01750 726100

Mary Queen Of Scots Visitor Centre

A late 16th Century Tower in the centre of the historic town of Jedburgh reflects the proud association of the town with Queen Mary who stayed here in 1566. 
Anthony Babington (1561-1586) was convicted of plotting the assassination of Elizabeth I of England and conspiring with the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots. The Babington Plot and Mary's involvement in it were the basis of the treason charges against her which led to her execution. 
Anthony Babington is related to Maggie Babington, the present owner of Babington's Cottage. 


The area provides excellent pheasant, partridge and duck shooting.

Smailholm Tower

This well preserved 16th century tower near Kelso has an exhibition of tapestries and costumers. Sir Walter Scott drew many of his inspirations from Smailholm where he spent much of his childhood. He is buried at nearby Dryburgh Abbey.

Robert Smails Printing Works

Step back in time to the beginning of last century. Try typesetting by hand and watch the printing at work. 

Ticketty Boo

A delightful shop situated in the Hirsel Country Park. Angela Clay-Parker has a charming array of home accessories, lighting, childrens items and fabrics. Items can be personalised and commissions undertaken. 

Union Chain Bridge

The Union Chain Bridge was completed in 1820 and was then the longest suspension bridge in the world. It is still the oldest suspension bridge. and still open to traffic.

Walking and Cyling

With a population of only 100,000 and hills rising to over 2,700 feet the big open spaces are a paradise for mountain bikers, cyclists and walkers. The local tourist boards provide information on cycling and walking routes.

Jim Clark Room

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Jim Clarks death in 1993 , Berwickshire District Council refurbrished the room to provide a museum. The worlds motor racing champion was killed on the 7th April 1998 in an unimportant F2 race at Hockenheim, Germany.

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