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  • A family a picnic at Paxton House by the Tweed cycling route, Scottish Borders
    A family picnic at Paxton House by the Tweed cycling route, Scottish Borders
  • Looking through daffodils to the main facade of Floors Castle
    Floors Castle through Daffodils
  • Looking inside a green house in Kailzie Gardens
    Kailzie Gardens
  • Front facade of Traquair House, south of Innerleithen
    Traquair House, south of Innerleithen
  • Wilton Lodge Park
    Wilton Lodge Park

There are lots of family attractions and places to enjoy a day out across the Scottish Borders, from ancient castles and stately homes to fascinating museums and heritage centres. Whether you fancy a few hours with the family exploring a beautiful garden or want an active adventure at region's the Go Ape and Rock UK centres, you’ll find great things to see and do.

Plan fun family days out in the Scottish Borders using the listings below.

What makes the Scottish Borders such a hugely popular tourist destination is the sheer range of activities packed into such a small and accessible region. So pack the car and set off on a family adventure in the Scottish Borders.

Whichever activity you choose, you will be rewarded with a sense of achievement and perhaps even a close-up view of local wildlife such as red squirrels and deer. With natural forests and woodland such as Craik, offering ranger led activities and walks on farming, environment and nature trails, you'll find something to keep the kids entertained. You can even monkey around swinging between the trees at the Go Ape! activity centre at Glentress.

If you’re looking for a more relaxing day out the Scottish Borders are home to stunning gardens and parks; historical and botanical delights abound in the grounds of stately homes, castles and dedicated gardens. Wander round at your leisure and admire one of the many walks at Teviot Watergardens, the Hirsel, Paxton House, Kailzie Gardens and Dawyck Botanic Gardens.

You may even wish to explore Borders history in the grounds of Old Gala House, Queen Mary‘s Gardens, Traquair House and Floors Castle; be inspired by the outstanding views at Wilton Lodge Park, Henderson Gardens and Monteviot House Gardens.

Or if you’re feeling arty get to grips with some workshop skills in this creative region. The Scottish Borders is renowned renowned for its sheer variety of crafts, skills and produce quality textiles such as tweed and tartan. Take a visit to a traditional workshop and workers will be more than happy to demonstrate their skills.

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  1. Gradings


    Glentress Peel is located in the heart of the Tweed Valley Forest Park at Glentress.

  2. Henderson Gardens


    Parks & Gardens



    This park is situated in the centre of Coldstream and features extensive flowering borders and permanent planting.

  3. Manderston


    Historic Buildings & Homes



    Manderston is an Edwardian mansion set in 56 acres of formal gardens, located just outside of Duns in the Scottish Borders.


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