Things to do in The Scottish Borders and North Northumberland

It is almost impossible to know where to start as the The Scottish Borders is fantastic for a huge variety of outdoor pursuits.

It is famous throughout the World for its wild unspoilt landscapes From The Lammermuir Hills to the Cheviot Hills with deserted beaches on its Heritage Coastline, Its battlefields, castles, stately homes and world class fishing on the River Tweed and its tributaries to golf on Championship Links.

For those of you who crave Starbucks and some bright lights, Edinburgh is under an hours drive to the North. (or 20 minutes on a train from Dunbar Station a 25 minute drive away) There is a fantastic little artisan bakery a 10 minute walk from the huts - The Riverside Bakehouse.  Delicious sourdough bakery serving coffee, cakes and light lunches.

Excellent shopping is to be found throughout the area from the luxurious cashmere and tweed Mills in Hawick to the small independent shops in Duns, Melrose, Kelso, Berwick upon Tweed and many other towns and villages throughout the Scottish Borders.

Here is a small selection :- I will be continually adding more information.


The River Tweed is known the world over for its excellent salmon fishing. The tributaries to the River Tweed, The River Till and the River Whiteadder also offer excellent sport which we are happy to arrange for you. A good website for fishing information, water levels and availability is


The Southern Upland Way and the Sir Walter Scott Way pass within 5 minutes walk of the Upland Shepherd Huts. A perfect place to stop on the last (or first) leg of your journey across Scotland.

There are so many walks from the doorstep as footpaths are numerous.


The area offers a huge variety of sporting opportunities with world class phesant and grouse shooting, clay pigen shooting and roe deer stalking.
All of these sports can be arranged for you.


Horses are everywhere! The Scottish Border Country is the Scottish home of the horse with most of the larger towns having festivals and ride outs in the summer months called the Border ridings and the annual Border Festival of the Horse


We are only 45 minutes from The World Famous Open Championship Course at Muirfield.

The Championship Course at the Roxburghe is also within a 45 min drive


There are numerous festivals which take place in The Scottish Borders throughout the year. Too many to mention.

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The Borders Book Festival in June is fantastic. Attracting big names from the literary world it is an event not to be missed.

Main Street Trading is a fabulous Bookshop, cafe and Deli. It has won numerous prestigious awards from best independent retailer to deli of the year. Definitely worth a detour!