Ex­plore Scot­land

From scenes like these old Sco­tia’s grandeur springs, That makes her loved at home, revered abroad

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Scot­tish Bor­ders Don­key Sanc­tu­ary

The Scot­tish Bor­ders Don­key Sanc­tu­ary was es­tab­lished in October 2003. Lo­cated on an 80 acre es­tate – The Holmes St. Boswells – the es­tate has an am­bi­ence all its own. En­joy beau­ti­ful views over the River Tweed what­ever the sea­son of the year you de­cide to visit.

Open­ing times are re­stricted to week­ends – from 2pm un­til 4.30pm be­tween Easter and New Year. To­kens can be pur­chased from the To­ken Shed and used at one of the six feed­ing sta­tions through­out the sanc­tu­ary. The don­keys on the es­tate are all shapes and sizes and there are also other an­i­mals on site in­clud­ing pigs, goats and lla­mas.

The sanc­tu­ary is a char­ity which re­lies upon do­na­tions. They also rely upon an in­no­va­tive don­key adop­tion scheme which you can learn more about on the web­site. And don’t for­get the on site shop where you can pur­chase lots of don­key re­lated goods.

En­joy your visit and tell your friends.

Tel: 01835 823468, www.don­key­heaven.org

Ros­syln Chapel

Ross­lyn Chapel was founded in 1446 and is one of Scot­land’s most re­mark­able build­ings. The beauty of its setting and the mys­te­ri­ous sym­bol­ism of its or­nate stonework have in­spired, in­trigued and at­tracted vis­i­tors for gen­er­a­tions.

By the late 18th cen­tury Ros­syln was start­ing to ap­pear on travel itin­er­ar­ies and its pro­file greatly in­creased af­ter the pub­li­ca­tion in 2003 of Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code, and the sub­se­quent film.

In 1995, the Ross­lyn Chapel Trust was es­tab­lished, a char­ity to care for the Chapel by over­see­ing its ongoing con­ser­va­tion. By sup­port­ing Ross­lyn Chapel by vis­it­ing or mak­ing a do­na­tion, you are help­ing to look af­ter this re­mark­able build­ing for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Just seven miles south of Ed­in­burgh, the chapel is open daily (see web­site for de­tails).

Tel: 0131 440 2159, www.ross­lyn­chapel.com

Royal Botanic Gar­den

The Royal Botanic Gar­den Ed­in­burgh (RBGE) was founded in 1670 as a physic gar­den. It is now a world-renowned cen­tre for plant sci­ence, hor­ti­cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion and ex­tends over four gar­dens (Ed­in­burgh, Ben­more, Dawyck and Lo­gan) boast­ing a rich liv­ing col­lec­tion of plants.

The Royal Botanic Gar­den has pro­vided plea­sure and knowl­edge for gen­er­a­tions of peo­ple, and would like to con­tinue to do so long into the fu­ture. Not ev­ery­one knows this, but the Royal Botanic Gar­den is a char­ity and re­lies on char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions for its ac­tiv­i­ties– whether that be sav­ing plants and habi­tats around the world, or help­ing chil­dren learn to plant seeds right here at home.

Ev­ery­one wants the things they love and value to stay. The Royal Botanic Gar­den en­cour­ages peo­ple to think about re­mem­ber­ing them in your will.

Tel: 0131 248 2987, www.rbge.org.uk/re­mem­ber

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