For a self-catering holiday somewhere peaceful and pretty in the Scottish Borders, there are some lovely holiday cottages in the village of Greenlaw. This picturesque village in lies between Coldstream and Duns (the present County Town), nestling in the foothills of the Mammermuir Hills. Greenlaw is situated on the banks of The Blackadder Water and still contains its original village kirk, scene of Scotland’s last public hanging), The Mercat Cross and a handsome 19th-Century town hall, a legacy of its days as the County town. It’s an easy country drive through scenic surroundings to towns such as Kelso, Jedburgh and Cornhill-on-Tweed taking in many visitor attractions and riverside walks along the way.
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Just to the south of Greenlaw lie the remains of Hume Castle, a 13th Century castle whose current condition is the responsibility of Oliver Cromwell who, with his invading army, left his mark on it in 1651. Castle-lovers will also enjoy a visit to Floors Castle in Kelso – only about 7 miles down the road. Worth an exploration, it also has a lovely walled garden and, for children an adventure playground as well as riverside and woodland walks. The kids will also love a trip to ‘Hurly Burly’ in Duns, a huge 4-tier climbing frame with slides, rollers, rope swings and nets that will wear them out and ensure a good night’s sleep for everyone back at your holiday cottage.
The whole family can enjoy a work out on ice at the Border Ice Rink in Kelso, or for something a little more sedate, take a trip by steam train on the Heatherslaw Light Railway in Cornhill-on-Tweed. There’s a lovely tearoom at the Hirsel Estate in Coldstream which offers lovely woodland and lakeside walks and, of course, the essential children’s play area.