Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys
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Ettrick & Yarrow Valleys - that's the place for watersports


Some watersports can be enjoyed in both the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys.  St Mary's Loch in the Yarrow Valley offers a number of watersports activities, and to make sure that the peace and tranquility of the loch remain undisturbed, absolutely no motorised boating is allowed.  The points of entry to the loch are currently restricted as the land around the loch is privately owned, so the best access is through the St Mary's Loch Sailing Club.  The club also offers a variety of sailing activities including yacht racing, yacht training, junior events, windsurfing, kayaking and rowing.  Temporary memberships are available for between one day and a couple of weeks.



For those who know what they are doing, you can paddle your own canoe on the Ettrick Water from Ettrickshaws to Selkirk.    Active Sports, a company based in the Central Borders, offer recreational adventure on both the Ettrick and Yarrow Waters.  You can go as an individual or take up the option of guided tours where the canoe tour is organised for you.   It is also possible to enjoy your own canoe or kayak on St Mary's Loch.


click here for a map of activities in the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys

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22 September 2017

Nutty's Little Squirrel Bowhill Estate

Ranger Activities for the under 6s £3 per child 2pm-3pm

A chance for the under 6’s to get out in to the woodlands of Bowhill for a ranger activity!

Activities include a selection of explorer walks, storytelling, woodland crafts and wilderness games. On every Friday from April to the end of September.

Price: £3 per child.

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

Date: 22 September 2017

John Watterson- The Lost Will and Testament of Jake Thackeray

Music - Bowhill Little Theatre 8pm Tickets £12 / £10 under 16s Booking Recommended

Tickets £12 / £10 under 16s

Some 15 of Jake Thackray’s songs, hilarious, serious, bitingly satirical – some banned by the BBC! – have been uncovered and now in this brand new show they are getting an airing for the first time. Long forgotten gems will be brought back to life by John Watterson capturing the unique Thackray guitar style.

Booking recommended – book online here through Border Events or call us on 01750 22204. Please email for further information [email protected]. For terms and conditions, please click here.

Optional pre theatre supper available at 6.30pm for an additional £13 (booking essential).

Date: 22 September 2017

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