Out & About

Explore Border Country
Lindisfarne (Holy Island)
Coast and Country, Wildlife and Seasons

Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island, can only be reached by tidal causeway.A place of great pilgrimage, even  today, and the end of the St. Cuthbert’s Way footpath. This starts at ruined Cistercian abbey in Melrose, passes the door of Benfield Cottage at Morebattle and crosses the Cheviots to finish here.

The Scottish Borders is a great place for bird watching and wild life on the dunes. Puffins and seals can be watched from the Farne Islands  or from the Sea Bird Centre at North Berwck. Deer, red squirrels, badgers, sheep and goats and hares can be seen in the Cheviots. There are a number of fine stables around if you wish to ride.

The country and the coast are stunning in all seasons. Watch this video to see the wonderful wildlife and countryside year round.
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Harbours and Coast
The beautiful golden sands in the horseshoe bay at Coldingham, popular with surfers and dog walkers.
Coldingham Bay is easily reached from our properties with a café and nearby village.
St. Abbs is a great place to visit after a little walk over the cliff from Coldingham. Lovely crab sandwiches!
Spittal, Tweedmouth & Berwick-upon-Tweed from the cliffs at the south. Great walks along the cliff-top path.
Delightful easy walk along the promenade at Spittal near to Old Templars Cottage. Follow the path along the Northumberland Coastal Path to Holy Island or up the river bank of the Tweed towards Paxton House
While the lobster fisherman goes for the creels, Berwick’s swans swim into the Harbour below Mill Wharf
Grand Houses and Abbeys
Floors Castle – A place of great architecture and fascinating history, near Kelso.
Dryburgh Abbey - One of the great medieval abbeys built by Cistercian monks by the Tweed (close to Benfield Cottage).
The Beautiful Bridges of the Tweed
Lederfoot Viaduct carried a railway over the Tweed just west of Benfield Cottage.
Union Suspension Bridge or Union Chain Bridge, is a suspension bridge that spans the River Tweed
Tweed Views

It is no surprise that Sir Walter Scott made his home at Abbotsford, near Galashiels and loved the rivers and country

The four great abbeys of the Borders – Jedburgh, Dryburgh, Melrose and Kelso – are connected by an easy cycle/walking path. As it passes through these centres of population there are plenty of places for refreshments.

Netting salmon was the common way to catch the fish – over 150 netting stations at one time. The last one to survive, just down from Tweed Cottage at Paxton.
Autumn fisher on the Tweed
Whiteadder is Tweed’s first tributary. Good for trout and salmon fishing, it has beautiful scenery and this is shown at Bluestane Ford (close to Tweed Cottage)
Scott’s View is close to Scott’s House and has a beautiful view.
Winter swans take off from the Tweed below Paxton House (close to Tweed Cottage)
The England Sign

The people in this area do not view themselves as English or Scottish but a race apart – Borderers. An area that, in the years gone by, was full of raiding and ravaging across the Border, which kept moving. The history of the Border Reivers is explained in Jedburgh. Check out your ancestry to see if you are descended from any Border Clans by visiting the Heritage Hub in Hawick.

Beautiful views and ever changing light makes it a lovely area to explore. The telescope in Mill Wharf means that you can look out along the beaches and cliffs Northumberland Coastal Path. This long distance path follows the coastline of the county. It meanders along via Holy Island, Bamburgh and Craster towards the lovely village of Alnmouth.

St Cuthbert's Way

The footpath is less strenuous but still travels through breathtaking countryside. Look out for the Cheviot sheep that are bred to withstand some cold Winter days. On sale in local butchers. You may even sight the rare Cheviot Goat if visit College Valley. The Abbey Way Cycle and footpath links the four great Cistercian Ruined Abbeys while Scotlands National Footpath passes through Morebattle.

Take a short drive to see the little known ruined castle at Eckford. It’s a gem

Golfing

The Border area has many golf courses to suit all abilities and range from parkland to links courses. Coldstream, Eyemouth and Duns are reasonably priced and very welcoming to visitors.  Kelso has a very beautiful course at Roxeburgh Hotel too

In East Lothian the keen golfer can play at some great championship courses such as Gullane, Muirfield, North Berwick and Dunbar, and all around an hour’s drive or less away.

If you like a day at the Races then visit Britains’s friendliest  friendly course Kelso Racecourse. Claim a discount on a three night stay in Benfield Cottage by quoting ‘Races’ on the online form.