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  • Lynne Jobes

Beirhope's Grand Adventure

Nestled in the heart of The Cheviot Hills, Beirhope really is a hidden gem. Mid way between Newcastle and Edinburgh, it has never been easier to get away for a few days break in the most breath taking countryside this area has to offer. Beirhope makes a great base from which to explore the entire South of Scotland – coast, countryside and rolling hills. Adventure awaits.

Alpaca Trekking Scotland
Alpaca Trekking in the Scottish Borders

A tootle round the South of Scotland

Here’s our top 10 must do’s/go to’s below (although we could fill a month with all of the wonderful things on offer!). 1. Beirhope Alpacas – Kelso (ish!) Let's start with us. Alpaca walking is this year's must do staycation activity. We have treks, hikes, meet-a-paca and so much more. You can now camp here at Beirhope too in our Bell Tent or bring along your own tent and pitch up under the most magical night time sky. Beirhope ‘Campacas’ the latest addition, making us the must do alpaca farm in Scotland. 2. Floors Castle Home to the Duke of Roxburgh, the castle is simply breathtaking. With the new shop and café, along with extra fun activities such as the Peter Rabbit Trail, Floors Castle is perfect for the whole family. 3. Abbotsford House – Melrose. Home of Sir Walter Scott, Abbotsford House and Gardens are simply beautiful. Close by is Scott’s View, overlooking the Eildon Hills. The Temple of the Muses is nestled nearby too – a great way to spend an afternoon close to the River Tweed. 4. Eyemouth Blast around the harbour with Eyemouth Rib Trips. A great way to spot the seals and look out for dolphins. Overlooking the sea is the memorial to the fishing disaster of 1881. The beach and harbour make for a lovely walk and there’s no place better to round off your trip than with fish & chips and of course ice cream from Giacopazzi’s. 5. Jedburgh Jedburgh Abbey is a must for anyone visiting the Scottish Borders. Some 10 miles from Carter Bar (The English/Scottish Border), it doesn’t take long to steep yourself in Scottish history. Mary Queen of Scots house sits just off the high Street, along with the Castle Jail, so there’s plenty to see and do. For a spot of lunch or a wee treat pop into Border Meringues, after all adventures make for hungry work! 6. Let's nip next door to Dumfries & Galloway. We recently did and had a blast. The wonderful Lesley from Solway Tours organised the most fantastic day filled with history, castles and gin tasting – now there’s a diverse selection! 7. Gretna Village and The Devils Porridge Museum. Learn how this fantastic village was built in just 9 months and find out more about the role of women in the newly built munitions factory to support WW1. 8. Back to the Borders – to Hawick. Famously Hawick showcase the town’s Cashmere, Tweed and Whisky Town. Five producers each showcasing their own unique offering. 9. The Great Tapestry of Scotland Almost open to the public, I cannot wait to visit. I will also be keen to pop in to the newly opened Trimontium museum ‘The face of Roman Scotland’. 10. Beirhope Alpacas With no better place to end our tour, we are bringing you home again to us - to wander in the Cheviot Hills and walk in the footsteps of Romans. Walking in Scotland doesn’t get much better than this! Dere Street, Scotland’s oldest road, is said to be Roman (although very much a source of debate!). Close by to Beirhope lies Pennymuir, once home to Scotland’s biggest Roman camp with some 5,000 legions at any one time. Iron Age Forte’s surround us and with the great Thowlestaine and Hownam Law, it possibly is the most beautiful picnic spot. To end your visit, why not pitch up your tent here with us at Beirhope, light your campfire and look up to the most incredible night time sky. Come and visit us, the South of Scotland will not disappoint you. Adventure, history and a little bit of the quirky awaits you.

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