Summer Breaks in the Scottish Borders

An idyllic base for a holiday in Southern Scotland, Bowhill is surrounded by stunning landscapes, historical places of interest and plenty opportunities for adventure. The Scottish Borders offers a multitude of activity and here are our top recommendations for your next trip this summer.


Stay at Bowhill

Stay at Bowhill during the summer months and discover the perfect time of year to explore the beautiful countryside under the glorious sunshine, or Scottish showers… Staying in one of our two cosy apartments, find yourself at the heart of Bowhill, the perfect gateway to the Scottish Borders. If you are a great lover of the outdoors, or exploring the history and heritage of an area, this part of Southern Scotland is often overlooked but well worth a visit. Keep reading for our recommendations of places to see and things to do in the Borders this summer.

Things to See and Do:


Abbotsford House

If you’re a lover of grand houses just like ours here at Bowhill, a visit to Abbotsford House should certainly be on your itinerary.

Abbotsford was the residence of novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott, a kinsman of the Scott’s of Buccleuch and frequent dweller of Bowhill.

Open all year round, whether you take a wander round the regal gardens as they blossom into life or tour the imposing House itself, a magical experience is sure to be shared by all.

Bikes in the trees

Cycling in the Tweed Valley

Perhaps one of Scotland’s biggest biking hotspots, the Tweed Valley offers endless two-wheeled fun for all the family.

Visit Glentress 7 Stanes Centre, the recent host of the cross-country mountain biking UCI World Championships. Where better to ride than the trails made for the pros? With many accessible loops, Glentress is perfect for a great family day out on the trails.

Or perhaps you want to push your limits with some extreme downhill riding? Face the technical, steep trails of Innerleithen with Adrenalin Uplift or find some off-piste routes crafted by the locals.

Great Tapestry of Scotland Building in Galashiels

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Only a 20 minute drive from Bowhill, The Great Tapestry of Scotland is well worth a visit. Made up of 160 linen panels and 300 miles of wool, the tappestry is now on permanent display in it’s purpose-built gallery and visitor centre in the town of Galashiels.

Not only will you see the incredible artistry of the tapestry, the gallery holds various changing exhibitions throughout the year.

Eildon Hills

Walking and Hiking

Get your boots on and take to the hills, rivers and woodlands for some liberating countryside walks.

The Scottish Borders boasts magnificent vantage points of the incredible scenery of southern Scotland, with a multitude of walking paths and routes to discover.

A perfect walk for those residing at Bowhill, is Scott’s View– known to be one of Sir Walter Scott’s favourite places to sit and reflect. Featuring the stunning view of the River Tweed and Eildon Hills, breathe in the fresh country air as you look out at the magnificent views.

Melrose Abbey

Local Villages

The Borders is populated with many quaint little villages and towns, perfect spots to visit for a day exploring.

Peebles is a charming little town located on the River Tweed and consists of many historical buildings, unique shops and places to eat. A visit to Melrose may spark your interest to see the sights of the Abbey, as well as its handy location at the foot of the Eildon Hills, perfect for some hill walking adventures.

Selkirk lies the closest town to Bowhill, standing high above the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys. With winding roads and a historical high street, kickstart your travels with a scenic stop in Selkirk.

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