Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys
Welcome to the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys
beautiful peace of scotland


Ettrick & Yarrow Valleys - that's the place


Welcome to the Ettrick & Yarrow Valleys – a beautiful and mostly undiscovered part of the Scottish Borders.  It’s a peaceful area where you can get close to nature, walk the hills and trails, cycle, fish, discover our heritage and tradition of balladry - or just simply relax!

The famous novelist Sir Walter Scott spent time here and James Hogg, the celebrated Scottish poet and novelist, known as the Ettrick Shepherd, was born and lived here all his life.  Tower Houses dotted around the valleys are evidence of a turbulent past of raiding and ‘reiving’ across the Scottish - English border.  Standing stones and bronze age settlements are links to even more ancient times.

There are walks for all ages and abilities and a variety of outdoor pursuits such as horse riding, fishing, cycle touring and mountain biking, watersports and even paragliding  – or you can simply explore the rolling landscape at your leisure.

The valleys offer some of the most beautiful and remote scenery in Scotland.  Take a trip to St Mary's Loch and the Loch of the Lowes or visit the Ettrick Marshes.  But wherever you are, you'll be surrounded by beautiful views and the peace and tranquility of the area.

Whatever your interests, there will be many good reasons to visit, stay in and return to the valleys – click on the green menu tabs above to find out more.  Or download the 15-page guide to the area, or look at the maps to get an idea of what to see and do.

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16 April 2017

Easter Fun Day Bowhill Estate

oin us for an eggs-cellent Easter with fun for all the family!  Win a small egg in our Easter trail, leap like a lamb on our bouncy castle, eggs-tend your knowledge of Bowhill on a House tour.

Plus, our Eggs-Factor Competition returns – don’t forget to enter! Bring along your decorated egg on the day.

New for this year:  Book onto a trailer tour to see the lambs leaping and the estate springing into action!  Price for this activity is £2.50 pp/£8 family of four on a first come first served basis.

To find out more please call 01750 22204 or email [email protected].

Date: 16 April 2017

Music @ The Gordon Arms Yarrow

OPEN SESSION. All Performers Especially WELCOME! From 3pm onwards (

Date: 16 April 2017

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