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.

Crichton Castle - Pathhead


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

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.

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.

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 Vedas Surf Shop - Eyemouth

Outdoor Activities

Surf Shop, Hire Centre and Surf School

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!

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.

Robert Smail's Printing Works - Innerleithen

Visitor Attractions

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

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…

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.

St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve - St Abbs

Nature & Animals

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

Go Ape Peebles - Peebles

Outdoor Activities

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

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…

Eyemouth Golf Club - Eyemouth

Golf Course

Multi award winning golf course located on the stunning Berwickshire Coast

Eyemouth Beach - Eyemouth

Visitor Attractions

The historic town of Eyemouth offers a sandy north-facing beach which is popular with residents and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

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…

St Abbs Visitor Centre - Eyemouth

Family Attractions

A contemporary visitor centre showcasing all you need to know about St Abbs and the surrounding area.

Eyemouth Leisure Centre - Eyemouth

Visitor Attractions

Located on the waterfront, Eyemouth Leisure Centre could lay claim to one of Scotland's best outlooks. There are two swimming pools and fun activities for…

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…

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.

Swift Trails Mountain Biking - Peebles

Outdoor Activities

Mountain Bike tuition and guided MTB rides in the Tweed Valley

Dark Space Planetarium - Kirkcudbright

Family Attractions

Dark Space Planetarium- Open from 22 July 2021

Alpine Bikes Glentress - Peebles

Outdoor Activities

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

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.

Trimontium Museum - Melrose

Museums & Exhibitions

Trimontium Museum explores one hundred years of Roman occupation through the stories told by some of the extraordinary finds from this key fort near Melrose.

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…

Thirlestane Castle - Lauder

Castles & Stately Homes

One of the oldest and finest inhabited castles in Scotland