Fun things to do with family in South Scotland

Leave everyday life behind as you head out in search of adventure! Whatever your family’s interests, these exciting activities will take your holidays to new heights, mysterious depths and so much further.

St Vedas Surf Shop - Eyemouth

Outdoor Activities

Surf Shop, Hire Centre and Surf School

Traquair House - Peebles

Visitor Attractions

Traquair is Scotland's Oldest Continually Inhabited House dating back over 900 years and still lived in as a family home today.

Crichton Castle - Pathhead


Due to access restrictions in place, there is currently no visitor access to this site.

Go Ape Peebles - Peebles

Outdoor Activities

Tree Top Challenge course high in the trees, including cross valley Zip Lines

Robert Smail's Printing Works - Innerleithen

Visitor Attractions

Oldest working commercial letterpress printers in the UK – a living museum of Victorian history.

Eyemouth Rib Trips - Eyemouth

Outdoor Activities

Gentle trips exploring our amazing coastline, or Fast Blast trips for thrill seekers.

Abbotsford - Melrose

Visitor Attractions

The extraordinary home of Scottish legend Sir Walter Scott, the man who gave us the historical novel, popularised tartan & rediscovered Scotland’s Crown Jewels.

RYZE Edinburgh - Xtreme Air Sports - Dalkeith

Indoor Activities

A fun fitness activity for the whole family! Bounce, flip and defy gravity to your heart's content at Ryze!

Beirhope Alpacas - Kelso

Outdoor Activities

Beirhope Alpacas offers a unique outdoor experience, from alpaca trekking in the Cheviot Hills to off-grid eco camping in the most spectacular rural location

Dalkeith Country Park - Dalkeith

Visitor Attractions

Dalkeith Country Park is a truly special place, home to Fort Douglas adventure playground and Restoration Yard Store, Restaurant & Wellbeing Lab.

Mellerstain House - Gordon

Castles & Stately Homes

Listed as one of Britain's best stately homes by The Telegraph, Mellerstain is a must-see. "A treasure, wonderful gardens and beautiful house!"

Paxton House - Berwick upon Tweed

Visitor Attractions

Paxton House is a Georgian mansion overlooking the River Tweed set in 80 acres of grounds on the border of England and Scotland 4 miles…

National Mining Museum - Newtongrange

Visitor Attractions

Housed in the wonderfully restored Lady Victoria Colliery, National Mining Museum Scotland tells the story of coal for Scotland.

Arniston House - Gorebridge


Arniston has been home to the Dundas family since 1571. Join us for a Guided Tour, stay in one of our charming, holiday cottages or…

Gunsgreen House - Eyemouth

Museums & Exhibitions

Gunsgreen House is full of fun and adventures for children. Toilet facilities, baby changing, lift access and parking is free.

St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve - St Abbs

Nature & Animals

Breath-taking coastal headland with dramatic cliffs, famed for its seabird colonies!

Eden Rock - Loanhead

Indoor Activities

As the largest bouldering centre in Scotland, we've got climbing and training facilities for all ages and abilities; from 7 or 70, a beginner to…

Eyemouth Golf Club - Eyemouth

Golf Course

Multi award winning golf course located on the stunning Berwickshire Coast

Thirlestane Castle - Lauder

Castles & Stately Homes

One of the oldest and finest inhabited castles in Scotland

Eat, Sleep, Ride - Reston

Outdoor Activities

TRSS and ABRS Approved Riding School and Trekking centre

Alpine Bikes Glentress - Peebles

Outdoor Activities

Trail Bike Hire, Bike Servicing and Online Hire booking and Shop

Pease Dean Wildlife Reserve - Cockburnspath

Nature & Animals

Pease Dean is a beautiful, ancient semi-natural woodland.

The Tweed Valley Osprey Project - Glentress

Nature & Animals

Get close to magnificent ospreys at the Wild Watch viewing centre at Glentress and catch a glimpse of them on the webcam in season.

St Abbs Diving - Coldingham

Family Attractions

Pathfinder dive charters depart from St Abbs Harbour which is one of the best dive locations in the UK with interesting wrecks and excellent dive…

Pease Bay - Cockburnspath

Visitor Attractions

Pease is a stunning sandy beach with a great wall of Old Red Devonian sandstone which is just one of the Berwickshire Coast's great geological…

Swift Trails Mountain Biking - Peebles

Outdoor Activities

Mountain Bike tuition and guided MTB rides in the Tweed Valley

Eyemouth Fort - Eyemouth


Eyemouth Fort was the First Trace Italienne Fort in the UK. It has a rich history as it was built by the English and later…

The Secret Herb Garden - Lothianburn

Visitor Attractions

We are a specialist Herb Nursery nestled at the foot of the Pentland hills on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Priorwood Gardens - Melrose

Parks & Gardens

Explore the rustic walled garden located in the ancient precinct of Melrose Abbey.

Dark Space Planetarium - Kirkcudbright

Family Attractions

Dark Space Planetarium- Open from 22 July 2021