Go Ape is a tree top adventure course and zip wire located at Glentress Forest near Peebles which is around 45 minutes drive from the holiday cottages. A great fun day out for adventurous adults and children (minimum age 10 and minimum height 1.4m). The longest zip wire is 300m long which is sure to give you a memorable and exciting ride! The drive to Glentress Forest is memorable too with the scenic road following the river Tweed up the valley giving wonderful views of the surrounding countryside on the way. Also at Glentress is a superb mountain biking centre ( bike hire available ) and café / restaurant.
MOUNTAIN BIKING & LEISURE CYCLING
Mountain bikers are very well catered for in the Scottish Borders with some of the best trail centres in the UK in our area. Glentress and Innerleithen downhill and cross country centres are both superb and are located 18-20 miles away at the top of the Tweed valley. There are a variety of graded routes to choose from (green is easiest, black is the most difficult) as well as a skills area with jumps and other ostacles. At the base of Glentress there is a great cafe (where it is acceptable to stroll in covered in wet mud!) and a bike shop where you can hire bikes.
Information on both centres can be found here http://www.7stanesmountainbiking.com/glentress—innerleithen
If you are looking for a gentler form of cycling, touring or simply sight seeing from the saddle then there are quite literally endless possibilities for different routes and trails. There is a useful guide to routes around Melrose available from the Tourist Information Centre and popular routes take in Melrose Abbey, where the heart of Robert the Bruce is buried and Abbotsford House, the former home of Sir Walter Scot.
Bikes can be hired in Melrose from Hardies bikes http://www.hardiesbikes.co/
Whatever type of cycling you are into The Borders has it all!
Scottish Borders Mountain Bike Guide
Kev Welsh – Rubber Side Down Mountain Biking – 07919 285887
BORDER SEGWAYS – Off road Segway adventure! –
CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING – There is an excellent clay pigeon shooting ground at Braidwood (01835 870280), roughly 15 mins drive from Eildon Holiday Cottages. Instruction and gun hire available for all levels.
SWIMMING POOLS – Hawick swimming pool (Teviotdale Leisure Centre) has an excellent flume. Peebles Hydro has a good swimming pool plus sauna, steam room and hot tub. Various spa treatments also available.
GRASS SLEDGING -at Born in the Borders – 01835 830495
SPEED BOAT TRIPS – Eyemouth Rib Trips – 07941 441995. Brilliant speedboat trips around the St Abbs Marine Reserve. Last time we went out we saw lots of dolphins, seals and thousands of sea-birds. Possible to see whales at certain times of the year too!
KAYAKING – River or sea kayaking with instructor guide Ollie Jay. Call him on 07941 450064 and he’ll tailor a superb fun day based on your ability and what you would like to do. This is a great way to see some really beautiful parts of the area. Ollie has kayaks that you can use or bring your own.
Eildon Holiday Cottages are ideally located for fishing the River Tweed which is one of the world’s most famous Salmon fishing rivers. More Salmon are caught on fly in the Tweed than in any other river in Scotland. At our holiday cottages on the River Tweed we have a large chest freezer ready for all the Salmon you catch during your stay with us!
The salmon fishing season commences on 1st February and finishes on 31st November. Salmon can be caught throughout the season but peak time on the river is September and October.
Please contact us if you require details of local fishing guides who can take you on fishing trips on the Tweed and its tributaries.
Trout and grayling fishing on the Tweed can also be very good and is much less expensive than salmon fishing.
There are also some course fisheries and stocked trout lochs in the area.
BOWHILL HOUSE AND COUNTRY ESTATE
Large adventure playground and soft play plus lots of forest trails for mountain biking or walking.
HORSE RIDING LESSONS
Broomhill Riding Centre, Selkirk – 01750 20320
Ian Stark Equestrian Centre, Selkirk – 01750 20202
ICE SKATING – Border Ice Rink, Kelso (seasonal) – 01573 224774
SALMON VIEWING CENTRE
Riverside tarmac path, ideal for skates / bikes / scooters / wheelchairs. There is a small but interesting museum room with information displays about the life cycle of the Atlantic Salmon and live video camera showing salmon travelling over the cauld (weir) on the River Ettrick. The tarmac path leads up to the cauld where you can also see salmon jumping, usually between September-November in high water. There is also a large Archimedes screw hydro electric turbine in the river here which is interesting to see. The Waterwheel café is a good place for lunch or refreshments and is also wheelchair accessible.
The Scottish Borders are a golfers paradise and we have many golfing parties returning year after year to stay in our holiday cottages which are centrally located giving great access to all the area’s best courses. Our holiday cottages are right next to the Melrose Golf Course which is a lovely 9 hole course surrounded by stunning scenery at the foot of the Eildon Hills (50% off green fees at Melrose Golf Course when you stay at Eildon Holiday Cottages. Our guests can now enjoy 18 holes of golf for just £12.50 and you can also hire golf clubs for £2.50 – ask Rob for more details)
There are many other superb courses in the area including two Championship courses at The Roxburghe and Cardrona. Other favourite courses include, Minto, The Woll, Torwoodlee and Eyemouth.
Best golf driving range locally is at Synton Mains, Ashkirk, TD7 4PA.