Berwickshire is a famously unspoilt landscape packed with historically interesting places, many of them with connections to Wedderburn. Within 21 miles of the castle you will find all of the suggested attractions and activities listed here:
If you are taking Wedderburn Castle for an event the grass parks here are private for you to enjoy for the duration of your stay. We will be pleased to arrange outdoor entertainments including clay shooting, falconry, quads, blindfold driving or even a full Highland Games! These pursuits can be enjoyed individually or combined, with or without a competitive element. The grass parks are accessible to cottage guests for walks, but not for the arrangement of activities.
Go to the beach.
Coldingham beach (NT917665) is an idyllic sandy, sheltered bay with good public facilities. Excellent for families. While you are there, perhaps take a look at Coldingham Priory (NT904660) and for the more energetic the coastal path will take you North to St. Abb's Head (NT912691) a perfect natural viewpoint from which you can see the Bass Rock and all the way to Fife. 15 miles from Wedderburn.
Kimmerston Riding Centre is a fantastic place to experience exhilarating hill rides in the foothills of the Cheviots, long beach rides on Holy Island sands, rural hacks or riding lessons with BHS qualified instructors. During the autumn, take part in Trail Riding with many of the Border Hunts. 19 miles from Wedderburn, signposted from Ford and Milfield villages Tel. 01668 216283 (NT956356)
For absolute beginners, Mill Farm Stables near Chirnside is a busy BHS approved riding school just 4 miles from Wedderburn. Using a range of little ponies and steady cobs to encourage all ages of rider to get off to a good start. Tel. 01890 818 104
The Scottish borders provide a great variety of courses from the famous old links courses along the east coast to the new championship course at the Roxburgh. We are lucky to be only 3 miles from the excellent 18 hole Duns Golf Club (Tel. 01361 882 194), and if you are a keen golfer look up the Freedom of the Fairways Golf Passport that gives discounted access to 21 courses in the area.
To get back into the swing of things try the Putton Mill Golf Driving Range (Tel. 01361 884433) just a few hundred yards outside the West Gate at Wedderburn Castle. Clubs are available to hire, open all year. There is also a fitness centre open to non-members and Tattiebogle, a popular supervised play area for young children and general meeting place for parents.
We are fortunate to be just a few miles from the Ronnie Dale off-road driving school. Forget the school run and learn how to take a proper Land Rover into the wilds. www.ronniedale4x4.co.uk NT760643 (Tel. 01361 840 244)
There are four way-marked cycle routes centred on Duns and four more around Eyemouth. Route maps are available from the castle office and in every cottage. The Borders region is large at 1831 square miles with just 111,000 inhabitants, making it the fourth least populated area on the mainland. Traffic levels are low but rising and all cycle routes in the eastern borders are road-based.
Hot air ballooning.
The most serene mode of sightseeing known to man, if all goes to plan. Adventures Aloft will arrange balloon flights from the castle grounds, or from other launch sites, depending on conditions. Balloon flights are totally dependent on fair, calm weather, so cancellations are a possibility, but worth the risk for that perfect flight. Tel. 01835 200 025
Wedderburn is just a few miles from the Tweed, Britain's most famous salmon river. A permit to fish in season can be yours for as little as £6, or it is possible to spend thousands if you wish. Don't forget lesser-known but equally glorious tributaries like the Whiteadder, both for salmon and trout. Visit www.fishtweed.co.uk for availability. For trout fishing, try Coldingham Loch from March to November, also from £6.
For all expeditions by road or on foot we recommend that you use Ordnance Survey maps that are available to purchase online. Each location here is shown with a grid reference. Post codes are sometimes not useful in very rural areas! Type the number (for example NT 808 528) into the search box at:
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