Explore things to do around Newcastleton
You don’t need to venture far to explore and discover things to do. Experience the landscape, it’s all on your doorstep, for all ages and all abilities, lots to choose from.
Beautiful walks up hill and down dale, through forests by streams or bubbling rivers. Listen for the sound of curlew; watch swifts and skylarks soaring, as well as hawks and buzzards foraging for food. Savour the sunsets, watch out for barns owls swooping, enjoy flitting moths and bats looking for insects under the trees. Watch the badger sett from the hides in the forest.
As well as fabulous walks and stunning scenery, Yethouse is the perfect setting to relax and recharge but there is plenty of activity too! On our doorstep, you will find swimming, abseiling, archery, rope walking, kayaking, the zip wire and many more! Discounts applicable when booked in advance for Yethouse guests: sessions start from £48 for 4 people or £80 for 8 people.
More information can be found at Visit Newcastleton
- 7stanes mountain bike trails are on the doorstep. One of the world-class mountain bike trails 6 in Southern Scotland to ride during your stay.
- Rock UK Activity Centre, is on our doorstep, see offers section for deals during your stay.
- Liddesdale Heritage Centre in the village open 1:30- 4:30 pm Easter – October ex Tues, happy to do private tours and help with any genealogy searches.
- Golf course – challenging nine holes with spectacular views, pay before you play in the village.
- Fishing – on the Esk & Liddel, sea trout and salmon in season, permits required. Available locally at the Post Office.
- Waverley Route Heritage Association are working hard at re-establishing the old Edinburgh Waverley railway line at Whitrope tunnel. Manned by volunteers most weekends but check before travel.
For the children
- Gruffalo/Stick Man walk at Kielder Castle as well as walks, cycle trails and visitor centre; Birds of prey, Observatory, Salmon Leap and loads more
- Hadrian’s wall – great visitor centre with lots of things to do during school hols. Vindolanda and Birdoswald locations within 1 hours drive. Excellent experience, check website for school holiday programs
- Great soft play at Haltwhistle http://www.crackerssoftplay.co.uk/ and Dalscone Farm http://dalsconefarmfun.co.uk/
- Hawick playground at the park is amazing – take a picnic
- Awesome outdoor playgrounds at Bowhill Country Estate http://www.bowhillhouse.co.uk/ but also a great day out for all the family.
- and Drumlanrig both have cafes http://www.drumlanrigcastle.co.uk/
- River swimming on the Hermitage Castle road – keep driving until you see low entry points on the river – take picnic or mobile BBQ
- Hawick and Carlisle swimming pools
- Border Berries – in season at Harestanes is fun
- Woodside café and Harestanes is fun regardless of berries; walks, exhibitions, crafts.
- Walby Park Farm http://www.walbyfarmpark.co.uk/
- Dumfries coast is great – but stony! Cocoa mountain and Cream of Galloway for treats!
Further afield – 30 mins to an hour
- Kielder Forest & Water Park in the Northumberland National Park offers a huge array of MTB trails & forest cycling as well as water activities. There is a bird of prey centre and an observatory, which is a must book event if you wish to experience the regions Dark Skies. There is also the largest man-made lake, dam, outdoor art displays and 28 miles of lakeside walks.
- Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, Ancrum. A great day out for all ages; local crafts, beautiful nursery nearby called Woodside, as well as the gardens at Monteviot House (seasonal).
- Hawick Museum & Scott Art Gallery features rooms on famous local racing legends Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop.
- Heart of Hawick is located at Tower Mill, check out their events section before your visit. It is also where you will find the Heritage Hub which hosts the Scottish Borders Archive and genealogy info as well as the history of textiles at Drumlanrig Tower.
- The glass blowing workshop at Scottish Borders Art Glass is also worth a stop off, they welcome visitors and are happy to show you how it’s done. Great mementoes on sale as well!
- The famous National Trust property at Cragside in Rothbury is a fabulous day out for all – the first house in Britain to have electricity and pumped hot water! Everyone will enjoy its charm, the gardens are spectacular.
- Hadrian’s Wall, a world heritage site is only 40 minutes’ drive with lots to see and do at various information centres along the winding wall. Check the websites for children’s activities during the holidays.
- Racecourses – Kelso, Hexham, and Carlisle courses. Racing on the flat and the jumps all year. Check websites for details.
- The first Tibetan Buddhist Centre is a scenic drive over the Holm Hill and Langholm moor, an amazing building which is a serene experience. Cafe on site
- Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery in Carlisle is a varied and enlightening gallery with lots to keep the children amused.
Historical, Castles & Abbeys
Use Yethouse as a base to explore the historic sites on the Scottish English Border, a place steeped in history and legend.
- Hermitage Castle our local famous site where Mary Queen of Scott rode to assist her lover after he was injured in battle.
- Jedburgh Abbey also visit the gaol and Mary Queen of Scott’s House
- Melrose Abbey & Harmony Gardens resting place of Robert the Bruce, a beautiful tranquil place
- Traquair House Scotland’s oldest inhabited house. Hosts a brewery, fabulous café and lots of things to do.
- Abbotsford House the home of Sir Walter Scott at Melrose stunning gardens and new visitor centre perfect for gifts and a cuppa!
- Dryburgh Abbey established in 1150, one of the oldest standing ruins in the Scottish Borders.
- Lanercost Priory & Church on outskirts of Brampton. Huge structure mainly intact. Café and galleries on site.
Galleries, Antiques and Crafts
Kirkcudbright in Dumfries & Galloway and Kelso favourite places for pottering!
Harestanes Visitor and Craft Centre and popping into Woodside Nursery to see what’s in season and taste their delicious home baking.
Larch Nurseries probably my favourite place to escape for a day out…shopping, plants, garden inspiration, food and only an hour away.