Idyllic thatched holiday cottage in the Scottish Borders
Things to see and do
There are two great pubs in the village of Yetholm; one situated in Kirk Yetholm (The Border Hotel), a stones throw from the cottage, and the other in Town Yetholm (The Plough hotel), just over the bridge. Both serve lovely home-cooked food using local produce. Be sure to book a table to avoid disappointment. The village of Town Yetholm has a well stocked village shop with cafe above, post office, butchers and a garage for fuel.
In Kelso, approx 7 miles out of the village, you will find a delightful town with cobbled streets and a market square. Normally held here on the fourth Saturday of the month is a Farmer's Market from 9.30am until 1.30pm. With up to 18 local producers attending the market each month, there is an outstanding range of local produce from the Borders on offer including Aberdeen Angus beef, pork and bacon, venision and wild game, free-range chicken, savoury pies, pates, fresh and smoked fish, olives, fresh bread, cakes, chutneys and preserves, Scottish cheeses and butter, free-range eggs, fresh vegetables, home-made ice cream, fudge and tablet, ciders, ginger wine, hand-made jewellery, body care products , knitted and hand-crafted items and garden plants.
With its dramatic landscapes, the Scottish Borders is great for WALKING and there are plenty of walks on the doorstep ranging in difficulty. The River Tweed is renowned for great FISHING and permits can be arranged on 'Fishpal'. If you want to learn more about fly fishing, we can also put you in touch with a local professional angler who can provide lessons. CYCLE paths are also in abundance and there are many routes to follow, suiting the beginner to the advanced cyclist. Or if HORSE RIDING is more your thing, there are several equestrian centres in the local area for you to indulge in a spot of hacking/trekking. The Borders is also fortunate to have some wonderful GOLF courses, including the Roxburghe Championship course; Scotland's 5th best inland course.
The Borders is richly steeped in history and there are many grand country houses and abbeys to see - Floors Castle, Paxton House, Abbotsford House, Traquair House, Mellerstain House, Bowhill House, Kelso, Jedburgh, Melrose, Dryburgh Abbey to name but a few.
Every year, each Scottish Border town celebrates its history and has a 'common riding', origins of which can be traced back to the 13th & 14th centuries. During these times, the Borders were in constant turmoil during the long wars with England and plundering and cattle thieving was rife. As such, the townspeople would ride their boundaries to protect their common lands. The 'common ridings' are a legacy of this and continue to mark the history and tradition of their town's ancestors. Depending on the Border town, as all are different, the common riding usually involves hundreds of horses taking part in rideouts for which principle men and women are elected to represent and lead their Border town. Each town has specific names for their principles (Yeholm Bari Gadgi and Bari Manushi, Kelso Laddie, Gala Braw Lad and Braw Lass etc).
These are called civic weeks and every Border town has a programme of events during these weeks; Yetholm Festival - 12th - 18th June. Kelso Civic Week - 16th - 22nd July (Yetholm ride-out 22nd July). The Colour Bussing will take place on Wednesday 19th July in Kelso Town Square.
With the re-introduction of Tweedbank Railway, a day trip to Edinburgh is extremely quick and easy. Click https://www.scotrail.co.uk/scotland-by-rail/great-scenic-rail-journeys/borders-railway-edinburgh-tweedbankhere for details and timetables.