There are many exciting ways to spend a family day out in the Borders. We have highlighted a number of activities and places to visit from Parks to Local Glass Works and Whisky Distilleries.
The Scottish Borders are also full of interesting historic buildings and places to visit.
This is the Scottish borders home of the Duke of Buccleuch, with a magnificent collection of paintings, furniture, silver porcelain and tapestries. There is also a restored Victorian kitchen and small theatre. Waymarked trails through the Country Park with ranger led walks and activities available. Award winning education service along with an excellent tearoom, shop, visitors Centre and for the children a very exciting adventure woodland play park.
The Borders Distillery opened in March 2018 – the first Scotch Whisky distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837.
It is well worth a visit for their distillery tours where you are guided round by the people who make the spirits, through the mashing, fermentation and distillation halls, and finishing with a dram in their distillery bar. for more information
Jim Clark was Scotland’s first, and double, Formula One World Champion, Indy 500 winner and one of the greatest racing drivers of all time. The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns is a must for motor racing fans and anyone looking for a great day out. It includes some of his cars and trophies and an amazing simulator. For more information click here
Hidden away at the top of Northumberland, close to the Scottish Border and Hadrian's Wall, beautiful Kielder Water is the largest man-made lake in Europe. Kielder Forest, one of Britain's biggest nature resorts, is home to red squirrels, deer and many rare birds.
The lake fringes and forest glades can best be explored by walking, cycling or on horseback, and there are many self-guided trails.There are many leisure pursuits, including fishing, boating, riding and water sports.
Kielder is the largest forest in England and one of the largest man-made forests in Europe with over 150 million trees.
This Centre offers events, exhibitions and relaxing countryside walks for all the family and has the biggest and best children’s play park in the Borders.
The Centre is open from April to October daily from 10am to 5pm and has a Gift Shop, Tearoom and Tourist Information
Whats even better is its free and easy to get to by car, just off the A68, near Ancrum, between St Boswells and the turn off for Hawick
Built as a Peel Tower House and home of the Douglas family, and later the home of Anne, Duchess of Monmouth, and still later the Tower Hotel, the premises now house exhibits showing the history of Hawick and the Tower through the ages.
The Tower is open to visitors from April to October.
The visitor centre is currently home to the exhibition commemorating the late Steve Hislop with the former British Superbike Champion’s race bikes and trophies and leathers all on display.
The local Motorcycle legend was tragically killed in a helicopter crash in 2003.
Steve who came from Bonchester Bridge nr Hawick was a legend in the Motor Cycle racing world, winning the Isle of Man T.T. on several occasions along with the British Superbike Championship.
The Exhibition is proving to be a Mecca for bikers from all over the world as can be seen by the large numbers of motorcycles that are parked outside the tower.
This exhibition is well worth a visit even if you are not a motorcycle fan.