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The Local Area

The Scottish Borders are here to be discovered and enjoyed at any time of the year. From abbeys to craft workshops, walking and cycling routes to parks and gardens, golf courses to river fishing and an eclectic choice of wonderful places to eat, the Scottish Borders offers them all in abundance. Whether you are looking for high octane activities or something much more sedate, all energy levels are catered for!


The Scottish Borders has a wealth of attractions to offer visitors from its rolling hills to its picturesque coastline, the Borders has a unique heritage with many stately homes and castles, four abbeys and preserved monuments, all a testament to its rich and turbulent past. Below are just a few places to visit all within a 30 minute drive from Fauhope House.

Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford House

Melrose Abbey

Priorwood Garden

Dryburgh Abbey

Floors Castle

Bowhill House

Lochcarron of Scotland

Thirlestane Castle

Rosslyn Chapel


Fauhope House is only a 50 minute train journey or an hour by car to Scotland's capital city - Edinburgh. The city has something for everyone all year round including historic sites, art, shopping, theatre, sports and great food and drink. We've listed a few of our favourite attractions below, you can also visit for a full list of what to see and do in the city.

Edinburgh Castle

Palace of Holyrood House

The Royal Yacht Britannia


More information can be found on the Visit Scotland website.



Whilst many visit the Scottish Borders for the peace and tranquility, the area is also a haven for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits.

With 21 golf courses in the region, you're spoilt for choice - 9 hole courses for those golfers just starting out, to a wide range of 18 hole courses for those who like a challenge, including the championship course - The Roxburghe, near Kelso.

Enjoy fishing? The world famous River Tweed, renowned for fly fishing of salmon, runs through the heart of the Borders, with Kelso boasting some of the most expensive fishing beats in the country.

Mountain bikers and walkers are well catered for with 2 of the award-winning 7stanes mountain bike trails on the doorstep at Glentress and Innerleithen, as well as lots of hills, trails, forestry and countryside to suit both 2 wheels and 2 feet.

Other activities on offer include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and marine diving at St Abbs Head and Eyemouth.

Below are links to just a few of the activities mentioned.

The Roxburghe Championship Golf Course

Golf in Scotland

Walking in the Scottish Borders

Cycling in the Scottish Borders

Bisley at Braidwood - Clay Shooting


A Day at Kelso Races


The Borderlands are steeped in history and tradition. each town holding it’s own local festival. Melrose has it’s festival in mid June with a week of festivities, including the Melrosian’s Rideout, the crowning of the Festival Queen, fancy dress parade and much more besides.

Visit Return to the Ridings for more information.

For rugby union fans, Melrose is also the home of 7’s rugby. Each April the town comes alive as the famous Greenyards club hosts the Melrose 7’s with teams from far and wide invited to play in the prestigious tournament.

Catch up with the latest Melrose rugby news here.

Bookworms won’t be disappointed either, as Melrose hosts the Borders Book Festival every June, with famous authors, politicians, actors, comics and more all attending the four day event.

The showground at Springwood Park in Kelso hosts a wide range of events all year round. Click here to view their calendar.

We’re only 50 minutes drive or train journey away from Edinburgh, it’s the perfect excuse to take a trip to the city and experience the word famous Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.


Check out the Visit Scotland website for more events and things to see & do.


Scotland produces some of the best produce in the world from seafood and fish to lamb, beef and venison. Local fruits, vegetables and specialist artisan food and drink producers make it an exciting place to eat out in.

Places to eat within 3 miles of Fauhope House

Seasons, Gattonside

The Hoebridge, Gattonside

Burts Hotel, Melrose

The Townhouse Hotel, Melrose

Marmions Brasserie, Melrose

Monte Cassino, Melrose


Some artisan food and drink links

Born in the Borders - locally brewed beer

Tempest Brewery - locally brewed beer

Lilliard Gin

Cocoa Black - chocolatier

Alex Dalgetty & Sons - famous Selkirk Bannock

Why not take the very scenic Borders railway journey from Waverley to Tweedbank (a 5 minute taxi ride from Fauhope House) and spend a relaxing short break in the heart of the Scottish Borders. The trains leave every half hour and the journey time is roughly 50 minutes. We can also pick you up or drop you off at the railway station by prior arrangement.

Guestbook quotes from our more famous guests

“Wonderful relaxing stay, we will be back!”

Jamie Sives, Actor (Game of Thrones)

“A lovely house, great company - we shall return.”

Michael Parkinson CBE, Broadcaster, Journalist & Author ("Parky")

“The best B&B and atmosphere ever!”

Josceline Dimbleby, British Cookery Writer

“Thank you for hosting us, we loved the company and the full Scottish breakfast at”

Jeremy Vine, Presenter, Broadcaster & Journalist (& Strictly Dancer!)

“Superb house, kind hospitality! Thank you, I will be back.”

Maureen Lipman CBE, Actress

“Fantastic location, fantastic house and wonderful hosts. The perfect place, we will be back.”

Kate Adie OBE, Journalist & Radio Presenter

“Absolute heaven!”

Celia Imrie, Actress

“A wonderful and only too brief a stay.”

Jonathan Dimbleby, Presenter, Author & Historian

“Hospitality par-excellence in such a beautiful setting.”

Larry Lamb, Actor

“Darling, too much...”

Kathy Letts, Author

“It’s so peaceful. Sheila you’re the best hostess ever!”

John Bercow, Politician (Speaker of the House of Commons)

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