Things to do in the Borders

Borders Guide

Sports and Leisure Activities in the Scottish Borders

For lovers of the great outdoors the Scottish Borders provides some of the best opportunities for fishing, golf, cycling, rugby, walking, active sports, game shooting, and horse riding. Various special events are also held from tine to time, for example sheep dog trials and car rallies.

Game Shooting

The dramatic natural environment of the Scottish Borders offers some of the finest grouse, pheasant and partridge shooting in Scotland.  The rich variety of game lends itself to excellent walked up and mixed shooting as well as roe stalking and pigeon shooting away from the winter months  – see our Shooting Breaks page for more details.

Bisley at Braidwood Shooting

Superb Clay Pigeon Shooting located only 15 minutes from the Hotel. Bisley at Braidwood is equipped with the latest LaPorte auto-electric traps, club house, rifle range and toilet facilities. Braidwood is ideal for corporate entertainment, syndicates and groups what-ever the size.

Please contact us to help make your arrangements or contact Bisley directly on 01835 870280

Horse Riding

Horse riding or Pony Trekking is a great way to really experience the natural beauty of Scotland and the Scottish Borders. We can help arrange riding, trekking, hacking and trail riding on the forest bridle paths nearby.


Surrounding Dryburgh Abbey Hotel are some of the best country road and off road mountain bike forest cycle routes in Scotland with routes for the light hearted and the very brave! We offer secure storage.


On Dryburgh Abbey Hotel’s doorstep there are a number of picturesque river, forest and woodland treks and trails for all abilities of walkers and hikers that we can help you discover. We welcome dogs and have drying facilities. More


The heart of Scottish rugby is the borders country with many famous clubs in the area.  The closest is Melrose, where the sport of seven-a-side was invented in 1883 and where the world renowned sevens event is hosted in April each year.  Rugby Breaks

Horse Racing

Horse racing at Kelso offers the unique charm of a bygone era, coupled with the very best in modern facilities. Located in very picturesque surroundings Kelso Race Course has the reputation as one of Britain’s friendliest courses and is home of National Hunt Racing in Scotland with many race days held each year. More

Special Events

Depicting the rich heritage, history, traditions and culture of the Scottish Borders numerous special events and mini festivals are held throughout the year in the border towns, villages and countryside, including sheep dog trials, walking festivals, markets and apple days, all bringing alive local life in Scotland.


The Scottish Borders has some of the friendliest golf courses in Scotland and a great choice of 9 and 18 hole championship standard courses. Many participate in the Freedom of the Fairways Golf Passport offering great value to visitors. More


With the longest salmon season in the country and more fish caught than any other river in Britain, the River Tweed is world famous. Our guests can fish for trout and grayling on the Hotel’s stretch of river – see Fishing Breaks page. We willingly assist in arranging fishing at other locations and ghillies as required.