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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27 May 2017

Neverland Weekend

Bowhill A Peter Pan inspired weekend for 11- 4pm

Cost: normal entry fees apply and additional charge for activities

A Peter Pan inspired weekend for families who never want to grow up! Build dens like the Lost Boys, create magical crafts inspired by Tinkerbell or take part in a Pirate themed workshops Captain Hook would love!

With so much to do, you’ll be sure of a great day out for all the family.

Information on activities over the three days to follow soon. Booking is recommended.

To find out more or to secure your place, please call 01750 22204 or email [email protected].

Date: 27 May 2017

Saturday Ranger Club Bowhill Eastate

Bowhill House suitable for 6yrs and over £5.00 per child

eturning for a second year our Saturday Club will bring some of the fun of Holiday Club to the weekends, a chance to leave the parents behind and get out for some woodland fun! Running throughout the season sessions will include favourites like den building along with some bush craft, fire lighting and woodland games.

The club is suitable for age 6 and over. Over 8’s can be left unattended.

Price: £5 per child.

Booking recommended. To secure your place, please call 01750 22204 or email [email protected].

Date: 27 May 2017

Ettrick Valley Leisure Ride 29 or 48 mile routes

Charity Cycle for Macmillian Cancer Support 10am start

The rides are both circular taking in the beautiful surrounding landscape of the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys with the ride mainly on well surfaced back roads with very little traffic.


For more details click here

Date: 27 May 2017

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