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Our Borders A to Zzzz!

Updated: Nov 8, 2022

We totally understand that you might not want to leave the peace and tranquillity of Tiny Home.

Your cosy hillside retreat has more than enough to keep you happy from the moment you wake up until bedtime. But if you do want to venture out to explore our surrounding towns, countryside, activities and attractions, we thought you might like a look at our quick little A to Zzzz.

The Borders has something for everyone to enjoy, these are just a few of our favourites.

A is for Alpacas Go walking with Rulewater Alpacas. Elvis, Frankie, Liquorice, Nougat, Teddy and Delgardo are the boys who will accompany you on your walk here in the beautiful Rulewater Valley.

B is for Bowhill House Bowhill House and Gardens near Selkirk is a magical day out for the whole family. You’ll find waymarked walks with stunning views and wildlife, beautiful gardens, tree trails, fishing and a fantastic adventure playground for little ones. On special dates throughout the year, Bowhill House opens its doors for guided tours where you can see items from the world-renowned Buccleuch art collection. Check website for opening dates and times.

C is for Common Ridings Every summer the towns of the Borders stage their Common Ridings, some of the oldest equestrian festivals in the world. The ridings aren’t just an unforgettable spectacle of horsemanship, pageantry and community spirit, they are a custom upheld with passion by locals in homage to the region’s unique identity and shaped by its tumultuous past.

D is for Denholm The picturesque Conservation Village of Denholm is built around two traditional Greens. Today the village has a thriving community life, local shops and local businesses including Denholm Meet, which downstairs has a superb restaurant and café and upstairs a renowned Antiques and Interiors shop. E is for Eyemouth If you fancy a trip to the lovely Berwickshire Coast, Eyemouth is home to a bustling fishing port, fascinating Gunsgreen House and delicious fish and chips!

F is for Fishing Home to the River Tweed, ‘Queen of the Salmon Rivers’, the Borders is home to some of the best fishing in Scotland.

G is for The Great Tapestry of Scotland This 5-star new Visitor Attraction houses one of the world's largest community arts projects. The Great Tapestry of Scotland was created and hand stitched by 1,000 people from across Scotland.

H is for Hawick Our nearest town and the largest in the Borders, this is undoubtedly ‘the Cashmere, Tweed and Whisky Town’, don’t miss a visit to the five Famously Hawick premium producers. And rugby fans will definitely want to head to Mansfield Park, home of Hawick Rugby Club.

I is for Independent Our towns and villages are full of quality family-owned independent shops. From butchers and bakers to candlestick makers, we have some of the finest shops in the country right here in the Borders. We encourage you to shop local and support our local businesses as much as you can.

J is for the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum This new visitor attraction showcases Scotland's first, and double, Formula One World Champion, a must for motor racing fans and anyone looking for a great day out. Celebrate Jim Clark’s life and inspiring racing career.

K is for Kelso With its impressive cobbled square, the Abbey town of Kelso on the River Tweed has to be one of the most picturesque in Scotland. Fabulous independent shops (we love Hume’s of Kelso) and don’t miss a visit to Scotland’s largest inhabited house, Floors Castle.

L is for Lovat Mill ‘The Home of Tweed’ can be found on Commercial Road in Hawick. Lovat Mill is Scotland’s premier weaver of Tweeds. Largest selection of stocked tweeds, also famous for throws, blankets and accessories – Mill Shop well worth a visit.

M is for Monteviot House and Gardens Among the most interesting and beautiful gardens in the Borders, there are a number of distinct gardens each with their own design and ideas.

N is for Newcastleton Family and place names evoke the wild history and ballad lore in which the place is steeped. Such is Newcastleton, a small rural village nestling within the beautiful valley of Liddesdale. Five hundred years ago the hills would be ringing with the sound of clashing steel and fighting Reivers, today visitors experience a warm welcome.

O is for Over Langshaw Farmhouse Ice Cream Available throughout the Borders and beyond, this luxury ice cream is made at Over Langshaw Farm. Thanks to their lovely cows and cheerful chooks – the family use their own farm fresh milk, cream and eggs. Extra delicious!

P is for Picture House Heart of Hawick is home to an intimate theatre/cinema. From blockbusters to arthouse to broadcast of the latest theatre productions. With live music, this is Hawick’s premier entertainment venue.

Q for Quiet Roads With rolling Border hills and scenic valleys, The Borders is known for having some of the most scenic and quiet roads in the country.

R is for Ruberslaw Don’t miss the opportunity to climb up Ruberslaw (Tiny Home is located on the southern slopes), one of the most iconic landmarks in the region, the views from the rocky summit are unmissable.

S is for Scott’s View Probably the most iconic view in the whole of the Borders, Scott’s View of the Eildon Hills is unmissable. Said to be one of Sir Walter Scott’s favourite places to come and reflect.

T is for Trimontium The Trimontium Museum in Melrose is the only museum solely on the Roman Iron Age in Scotland. On display are many of the treasures excavated from the fort site at nearby Newstead over the last century, illustrating what life was like at the very edge of the Roman Empire.

U is for Unknown This is one of those interesting places that mainly locals know about. Or how to get to! The William Wallace Statue stands a few hundred yards west of the B6356 on the east side of the Tweed. What you find is an impressive edifice of red sandstone, comprising a 21ft tall figure standing on top of a 10ft high plinth.

V is for Viaduct The magnificent Leaderfoot Viaduct has 19 red sandstone arches and stands across the River Tweed at Drygrange. You can take an 8.5 mile circular walk which includes the viaduct, as well as Melrose, Newstead, Gattonside, Earlston.

W is for Woodside Known for its unique take on a garden centre with Birdhouse Tearoom and Grocery Shop. Woodside is an award-winning plant centre and tearoom based in a lovely old walled garden, just north of Jedburgh.

X is for Excitement If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, the Borders is home to exhilarating world class mountain biking trails at Peebles, Innerleithen and Newcastleton (7stanes). Not forgetting Go Ape zipwire at Glentress.

Y is for Yarrow Valley Home of the iconic St Mary’s Loch, Yarrow Valley is one of the most scenic driving routes in the country, made famous by literary figures such as James Hogg and Sir Walter Scott.

Zzzz is time for bed! If you manage to do all of these then Sweet Dreams!

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