Think of the Scottish Borders and think of big spaces: heather-clad hills, forests and woodland, lochs and rivers. Wherever trees and hills abound, cyclists and mountain bikers won‘t be far away; some of the best cycling routes in Scotland can be found here in the Borders.

For fishing fanatics Billerwell is convenient for the famous River Tweed and underestimated River Teviot. Shooting, both walked up and driven are available within 10 minutes of the property and can be arranged. There are golf courses at nearby Jedburgh, Minto and The Roxburghe and the renowned Scottish Links courses are within an easy day trip.

  • Pub at Bonchester Bridge - nearest village for food.

  • Visiting the 4 local Abbeys - Jedburgh, Melrose, Kelso and Dryburgh

  • Shopping in the mill town of Hawick for Cashmere

  • Playing Golf on one of the 46 courses within the 30 mile radius including the Cardrona and the Roxburghe.

  • Visit the stunning East coast with its beautiful, pristine clean, sandy beaches, that offer miles of walking or birdwatching it is only about an hour's drive from Billerwell.

  • There are many Castles - Floors, Thirlestane, Alnwick and Bamburgh and stately mansions in the area including Bowhill, Mellerstain and Abbotsford all steeped in history and filled with beautiful antiques.

  • Edinburgh is only an hour away by car or you could go up by train from Tweedbank ideal for visiting the city or going to the Fringe Festival.

  • We are equi distance from Newcastle, Edinburgh, Carlisle and Berwick uponTweed.


There are many walks locally and with Scotlands ‘Right to roam’ policy the options are endless.

However here are a few popular local walks;

BORDERS ABBEY WAY – 68 miles incorporating the towns and villages of Bedrule, Clintmains, Denholm, Dryburgh, Hawick, Jedburgh, Kelso, Makerstoun, Melrose, Newtown St Boswells, Tweedbank

ST CUTHBERTS WAY – 100km walk between Melrose and Holy Island.

PATHS AROUND TOWNS – The Scottish Borders Council offer an indepth

list of walking routes around the local towns –


KIELDER FOREST -(Approx 30 min drive)- Kielder Water & Forest Park brings you nature on a grand scale. It’s home to the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe over 250 square miles, the largest working forest in England. There are many activities available at Kielder:

  • Cycling

  • Mountain Biking

  • Horse Riding

  • Water Activities inc Canoeing, sailing, water skiing

  • Adventure activiites including Archery, Crossbows, Fencing, Water Walkers, Sea Scooters, Panna Soccer, Body Zorbs, Crazy Carts, Crazy Trikes, GO Quest plus a variety of GO Junior activities.

  • Fell Running


FISHING - on the Tweed or one of it tributaries provide the opportunity to catch Salmon and trout. Some of the middle Tweed beats i.e. Bemersyde, Lower Pavilion and Tweedswood are offered at excellent value. Or fish the underestimated River Teviot.


SHOOTING be it for game or clays both are available locally, including:


BISLEY AT BRAIDWOOD (25 mins drive)– Bisley at Braidwood is Scotland’s largest clay pigeon shooting venue.


RULE VALLEY SIMULATED GAME – simulated high pheasant, partridge and grouse.


These are but a few of the many varied things you can do in the Borders.......