Des­ti­na­tion Borders

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22 Horse­mar­ket, Kelso is your one stop shop for the out­door en­thu­si­ast with an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of qual­ity brands, as well as out­door footwear and ac­ces­sories for ladies and men. The col­lec­tion show­cases an im­pres­sive range of tech­ni­cal out­door cloth­ing and footwear in­clud­ing Schof­fel, Dubarry, Lak­sen, Bar­bour, Brax, Le Chameau, Loake, Meindl, Ice­breaker and more. Tel: 01573 224620,


Kelso Races is a Na­tional Hunt race­course stag­ing jump rac­ing from Septem­ber to May in the beau­ti­ful coun­try­side. They of­fer a va­ri­ety of race day tick­ets and pack­ages and have ev­ery­thing to make your day at the races a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence. Known as Britain’s friendli­est course, a very warm wel­come awaits! Tel: 01573 221221,


The finest qual­ity prime Scot­tish Borders beef, lamb and pork is avail­able from Forsyths. This award-win­ning butch­ers car­ries on the tra­di­tion of go­ing to the auc­tion mart and se­lect­ing only the very best. Forsyths’ shop bak­ery is a hid­den gem of hand­crafted breads, rolls, scones and cakes. Find Forsyths at 21-25 East­gate, Pee­bles. Tel: 01721 720833,


As one of Scot­land’s finest stately homes, this Robert Adam mas­ter­piece is a must-see. Its idyl­lic lo­ca­tion by Gordon does not dis­ap­point, with acres of park­land, gar­dens, lake­side walks, a play­ground, a cof­fee shop and hol­i­day cot­tages. Meller­stain House is ap­prox­i­mately 20 min­utes drive from Mel­rose and Kelso, and one hour from Ed­in­burgh. Tel: 01573 410225, www.meller­


Es­tab­lished in 1986, Lynn Tindale De­signer Jew­ellery is a sec­ond gen­er­a­tion jew­ellers that of­fers unique, one-off pieces. Sell­ing world­wide, the shop of­fers plat­inum, sil­ver, and white, yel­low and red gold jew­ellery. Scot­tish gold, pearls and pre­cious and semi-pre­cious stones are also avail­able. All work is guar­an­teed. Hall­marked in Ed­in­burgh. Jew­ellery re­pairs and re­string­ing also avail­able. Find Lynn Tindale De­signer Jew­ellery at 7 Newby Court, School Brae, Pee­bles. Tel: 01721 720112, www.lyn­ntin­


‘With­out Raviv he wouldn’t be where he is to­day.’ Over­com­ing ADHD re­sulted in his suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion to Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity. Are you look­ing for help that achieves life-chang­ing re­sults? Raviv Scot­land helps over­come learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties with read­ing, hand­writ­ing, maths, mem­ory, co­or­di­na­tion, ADHD and ADD, autism and Asperger’s, brain in­jury or com­bi­na­tions of learn­ing chal­lenges. Tel: 07711 623605, www.learn­ingdif­fi­cul­


From kilt out­fits and ex­cep­tional Scot­tish knitwear to sea­sonal mill sale bar­gains, cre­ative craft­ing ma­te­ri­als and a lovely café, the Lochcar­ron Vis­i­tor Cen­tre of­fers a unique re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence with the added ex­tra of a fas­ci­nat­ing mill tour to see just how they make their tex­tiles. Visit, ex­pe­ri­ence and en­joy! Find Lochcar­ron Vis­i­tor Cen­tre at Waver­ley Mill, Duns­dale Road, Selkirk. Tel: 01750 726100, www.lochcar­


The per­fect small mar­ket town shop in Duns, num­ber 18 of­fers a wide range of gifts for birth­days, wed­dings, house-warm­ings or even just to treat your­self. The shop also show­cases var­i­ous jew­ellery com­pa­nies, stun­ning LSA glass­ware, Just Slate table­ware, Max Ben­jamin and Stone­glow dif­fusers, can­dles, beau­ti­ful scarves, wraps and bags ga­lore. City chic in the Scot­tish Borders, shop lo­cal at your leisure. Tel: 01361 884800, www.face­­ber-18-115614028592607


46 The Square, Kelso is home to many coun­try lifestyle brands de­signed to at­tire you from head to toe. For the dis­cern­ing gen­tle­man you will find top qual­ity brands that in­clude RM Wil­liams, Dubarry, Wil­liam Lockie Knitwear, Bladen, Viyella, Eden Park and Gant. In store, they also of­fer made-to-mea­sure tai­lor­ing in­clud­ing suits, jack­ets, kilts and tar­tan trews. For the style con­scious lady, the first floor boasts lux­ury and temp­ta­tion, with top brands in­clud­ing Dubarry, RM Wil­liams, Fair­fax & Fa­vor, Anna Las­cata, Brodie Cash­mere, Amaz­ing Woman and Gib­son and Birk­beck. Tel: 01573 224620,


Over­look­ing the pretty Ber­wick­shire vil­lage of Swin­ton, The Wheat­sheaf Ho­tel & Restau­rant of­fers you a warm wel­come. The per­fect place to un­wind, the restau­rant’s menu is packed with de­li­cious, award-win­ning dishes. With the stun­ning land­scape and dark his­tory of the area on your doorstop, The Wheat­sheaf is the ideal base for ex­plor­ing the Borders. Tel: 01890 860257, www.wheat­sheaf-swin­


Scot­land’s largest in­hab­ited cas­tle is home to the 10th Duke of Roxburghe. Floors Cas­tle is an ar­chi­tec­tural mas­ter­piece in­side and out, with a stun­ning walled gar­den, coun­try walks and events all year round. Keep the chil­dren en­ter­tained with the ad­ven­ture play­ground and en­joy hours of fun with chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, coun­try pur­suits, cafés and gift shops. Tel: 01573 223333, www.floorscas­


Based in Mel­rose, Mar­ion’s shop pro­vides a va­ri­ety of food in­clud­ing de­li­cious take­away filled rolls, soups, daily spe­cials and in­dul­gent homemade cakes. Ev­ery­thing is made on the premises that morn­ing, guar­an­tee­ing qual­ity and fresh­ness. Cel­e­bra­tion cakes are made to or­der and the shop also has a good se­lec­tion of sug­ar­craft ac­ces­sories. Pop in for an ice cream or for some de­li­cious homemade tablet. Tel: 01896 820350, www.maid­by­mar­


Keith Wal­ter FGA has a fine se­lec­tion of the beau­ti­fully de­signed and crafted Hot Di­a­monds jew­ellery. The col­lec­tion in­cludes stun­ning bracelets, ear­rings and neck­laces, each one adorned with the sig­na­ture sparkle of a real di­a­mond. New de­signs for spring and sum­mer are now in store. Find Keith Wal­ter FGA at 28 High Street, Pee­bles. Tel: 01721 720650, www.kei­th­wal­ter­jew­


Of­fer­ing lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion in the heart of the Borders, Fauhope House is a B&B with a dif­fer­ence. Over­look­ing the pretty town of Mel­rose, Fauhope ben­e­fits from spec­tac­u­lar views over the Eil­don Hills and the River Tweed. Awarded five stars by VisitS­cot­land and a Taste our Best award, guests can ex­pect a break of the high­est stan­dard with added touches, in­clud­ing the in-house treat­ment room. Whether you are look­ing to ex­plore the area, get ac­tive with fish­ing and walk­ing or are look­ing to de-stress in tran­quil sur­round­ings, Fauhope House is the per­fect get­away. Tel: 01896 823184, www.fauhope­


At the Borders’ only Volvo dealer, Cle­lands have the full range of new Volvo mod­els avail­able for im­me­di­ate de­liv­ery in­clud­ing the stun­ning new V90. Their new state-of-the-art com­plex is due for com­ple­tion this sum­mer and Cle­lands also have a wide se­lec­tion of qual­ity used Volvo mod­els on dis­play. Find Cle­lands at Mel­rose Road, Galashiels. www.cle­


Fam­ily-run New Woll Es­tate is one of the most pop­u­lar golf re­sorts in the Borders. With beau­ti­ful four-star ac­com­mo­da­tion, free golf on its highly re­garded 18-hole course and an award­win­ning restau­rant, it is known as a place to re­lax with friends and fam­ily, en­joy golf­ing, steak nights, sun­day roasts, the bars and the beau­ti­ful coun­try­side in its own val­ley. Tel: 01750 32799, www.woll­


For un­spoilt ru­ral land­scapes close to Ed­in­burgh, Carfraemill is the per­fect es­cape for a week­end or lunch stop. Serv­ing hearty meals made with sea­sonal Borders’ in­gre­di­ents, the restau­rant boasts an ar­ray of de­li­cious dishes, in­clud­ing lo­cal favourite steak pie, meringues, sticky tof­fee pud­ding, high tea and af­ter­noon tea. With 10 bou­tique bed­rooms com­plete with en­suite bath­rooms, Carfraemill of­fers a cosy, mod­ern base for ex­plor­ing both the Borders and the Ed­in­burgh area. Tel: 01578 750750,


Th­ese two gems – Jocks Cot­tage and Craggs Cot­tage – are sit­u­ated on an award-win­ning farm in the heart of Smail­holm, Kelso, where you can do as much, or as lit­tle as you like. Shoot­ing, fish­ing, golf, horse rid­ing, cy­cling, walk­ing, bird watch­ing and shop­ping are all in abun­dance – or sim­ply kick back and re­lax in this idyl­lic lo­ca­tion, tak­ing in the grandeur of the coun­try­side around you. Tel: 01573 460318, www.smail­holm­


In the foothills of the Che­viots just a stone’s throw from the bor­der, re­lax in the peace, tran­quil­lity and beauty of this pri­vately-owned agri­cul­tural es­tate. Fam­ily and dog-friendly with delightful vil­lages, fab­u­lous walks, tra­di­tional tea­rooms, a work­ing wa­ter­mill, a steam rail­way, fa­mous Flod­den Bat­tle­field, quirky shops, qual­ity guest­houses, rare breed horses and other an­i­mals, a Vic­to­rian school­room hous­ing stun­ning mu­rals, out­door ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing ca­noe­ing and fish­ing, and much more. Tel: 01890 820338,


A visit to the Borders would not be com­plete with­out ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Manderston, the supreme coun­try house of Ed­war­dian Scot­land. Visit the house any day by ap­point­ment (min­i­mum 15 peo­ple) or on an open day from May to Septem­ber. Manderston also takes book­ings for pri­vate par­ties, wed­dings and cor­po­rate events. Stabling for 20 horses, a cricket pitch, ten­nis court, a lake and 56 acres of for­mal and in­for­mal gar­dens make Manderston a truly unique venue. Tel: 01361 883450,

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