Borders Estate

Borders Estate encompasses Bowhill but it also includes non-adjoining areas such as Melrose’s famous Eildon Hills, East Buccleuch, Branxholm and Eckford. Branxholm Castle, near Hawick, was the Scott family base for some 500 years throughout the turbulent period of Border raids.

Bowhill House lies in a beautiful setting a mile above the confluence of the Ettrick and Yarrow Rivers, two of the tributaries of the famous River Tweed. This is the heart of the ancient Ettrick Forest, a favourite hunting ground for the Kings of Scotland for hundreds of years. Newark Castle, one mile north of Bowhill, was used as a hunting lodge.

The original Bowhill House was built in 1708, but was completely remodelled in 1812. There were many additions to the House during the 19th century and over this period it evolved to become the natural home of the Scott family. The grounds around the house were extensively landscaped during the 19th century, including the creation of a scenic loch.

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Forestry

The woodlands on Borders Estate have been carefully curated and managed for centuries. A mix of species and age, both the commercial conifer and broadleaf woodlands and amenity areas are designed to consider the wider landscape and safeguard enhanced biodiversity. The commercial forests have been  certified under the UK Woodland Assurance Standard for over 20 years.

Unfortunately many Larch trees across the UK are succumbing to a very aggressive disease called Phytophora Ramorum, and we remain vigilant for signs of the disease across the estate.  For more information on the impact this is having on our woodlands please read our news article.

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Agriculture

On Borders Estate, the farms sit comfortably with the wider operations.  Employing progressive farming methods ensures the estate’s pedigree cattle, sheep flocks and red deer are cared for to the highest standards.

 

The in-hand agriculture enterprise also drives an anaerobic digester (AD) plant, converting animal waste to electricity for both the farming operations and the Ground Source Heat Pump which heats Bowhill House all year round.

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Preserving our shared heritage

As you will discover when you visit, walking round the magnificent Bowhill House and Borders Estate gives you an incredible sense of history. It inspires a duty in us to protect this gem of our national heritage, as well as the beautiful natural lands that surround it.

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Property

If you’re looking for the perfect country cottage, you might just have found it. Set amidst some of Scotland’s most picturesque countryside, Borders Estate provides a haven away from the hustle and bustle of town dwelling. Our properties are situated across the Scottish Borders within an easy commuting distance of Edinburgh and with the opening of the new rail line in 2015, the Borders has never seemed closer to the rest of Scotland.

We also have occasional properties for sale and farms to rent.

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Alba Trees

Alba Trees is a leading wholesale forest nursery covering two sites in East Lothian with a production of over 10 million trees per year.  All of their plants are grown in the UK and they have developed a bespoke traceability system to ensure their customers know the history behind every plant, right back to the point of seed collection.

Alba and Buccleuch Woodlands work closely together to ensure that they produce the very best plants for the UK forest market, using the most appropriate seed sources and production techniques. They have also expanded production into hedging, wetland plants, shrubs and wildflowers and now have a retail website for smaller orders.

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