Local Attractions

With its prime location in the Scottish Borders, Duns Castle is ideal for sporting and fishing holidays, history buffs, artists, or simply relaxing away from the stresses and strains of modern life. A myriad of local attractions compete for your attention, not to mention the glorious rolling borders countryside, or the castle and its historic grounds.

 

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Alnwick Gardens

A splendid day out where you will find over 4,000 plant varieties including a 350 Japanese cherry tree orchard which is the largest in the world, 600,000 pink tulips and a rose garden with the scent of 3,000 David Austin roses. Where else would you find a Poison garden, a bamboo labyrinth and Serpent Garden with hidden water features. It also has one of the largest tree house in the world that includes a first class restaurant with thousands of twinkling lights, living green leaves and a real log fire.

alnwickgarden.com

Cragside

Built by Lord Armstrong was the first house in the world to be light be hydro-electricity and is surrounded by 1000 acres of woodland, gardens and water lakes. Watch cook in the Victorian kitchen every Wednesday as she creates scone and biscuits recipes.

nationaltrust.co.uk/cragside

Dryburgh Abbey

The Abbey sits by the river Tweed and is a remarkably complete medieval ruin. More details are available on the Historic Scotland website.

Fishing Spots

As a world famous trout and salmon fishing destination anglers will delight in the many local rivers, including the River Tweed and the Blackadder, where licences are available from the end of February till November. The best catches are to be had from September through till the close of the season in late November.

Golf Courses

Whether you take your golf very seriously, or want to relax in the burbling waters of an angler’s paradise, you couldn’t find a finer location from which to explore you preferred passion. Local golf courses include Duns, Kelso, Berwick, Bamburgh, North Berwick, Wooler, and the home of golf, St Andrews a little further afield.

Heatherslaw Water Mill

A working and producing mill where you can travel on a 15 inch gauge steam railway called” Bunty” for trips to the village of Etal and the Black Bull, Northumberland’s only thatched pub. All within 35 minute’s drive time from your self- catering holiday apartment in Berwick upon Tweed. Do you think a week is long enough?

ford-and-etal.co.uk/HeatherslawCornmill

 

Kelso Abbey

The magnificent Kelso Abbey in the Scottish Borders, dating as far back as the 12th century. Open all year round, this is a spectacular piece of architecture.

See opening hours at their website

Manderston House

The Edwardian House par excellence, created by Lord Palmer from Huntley & Palmer that has the only silver staircase in the world.

manderston.co.uk

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale with lavishly decorated masonry.  The abbey is also thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart, marked with a commemorative carved stone plaque within the grounds. See Melrose Abbey on the Visit Scotland website.

Paxton House

With its Red Squirrels and Spotted Woodpeckers also house’s the largest collection of Chippendale furniture in Scotland. Watch salmon net fishing from the river bank.

paxtonhouse.co.uk