|Haymount B&B, Birgham, Scottish Borders||
Motorbike Touring in the Scottish Borders
The roads of the Scottish Borders are famed for being among the best bikers routes in the UK. They sweep through stunning countryside and pass by some of the most historic castles, abbeys and towns you could wish for. They are also punctuated at regular intervals with cafes and pubs where you be sure of good refreshments and a warm welcome. Here at Haymount we can offer you secure under cover parking for your motor cycle, so that you can relax for the evening in our (very) local pub, partaking of their great food and excellent beers, without having to drive afterwards.
Quiet roads and blissful scenery
Whether it's touring on the quiet Borders roads or pootling through gentle forest trails, Haymount offers you the perfect base. Long renowned for its cycling routes, this part of Scotland attracts those who prefer to take the scenic byways, of which there are many, with occasional stops at beauty spots or for refreshment. Families in particular, however, may prefer to opt for the gentle off-road trails that wind through the forests of Swinnie, Craik, Elibank, Yair and Traquair, or the green routes at Glentress, all of which can be found by visiting the Forestry Commission Scotland website.
The Hirsel Golf Course, Coldstream
Golf is available on several excellent courses within easy driving distance of Haymount. Some are challenging, some are reknowned for their scenery and others are small but unique. We'll be delighted to advise on your best options.
Salmon Fishing near Birgham
The River Tweed is rightly famed for its excellent salmon fishing - but there are also many other excellent fishing opportunities close by. We will be glad to offer you more information and tell you where to buy tickets for this ancient and relaxing sport.
The Tweed Guide will give you more information.
Summer colour in a Scottish Garden
Scottish gardens have a true vibrancy of colour and are often home to spectacular trees and plants. For instance, close to Haymount is the wonderful Bughtrig, open June to September, and, by arrangement, you can see the amazing topiary elephants of Anton's Hill and Walled Garden.
MTB trails abound in the Borders
The South of Scotland is home to the famous 7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails and those at Glentress, Innerleithen and Newcastleton are all within an easy drive of Haymount. An £8.5 million Visitor Centre has recently been completed at Glentress with cafe, car parks, bike wash and shower facilties right on hand. And once you come off the trails, what could be better than to return to the warm welcome of Haymount, a soak in a hot bath and an excellent meal at the local pub...a mere three doors away?!
If you'd like help planning an entire Scottish tour, this website may prove helpful.
And if your next stop is Edinburgh, then Edinburghs Accommodation could be invaluable for booking ahead.
Castles & Abbeys
Jedburgh Abbey's Imposing Silhouette
The Borders abounds with an astonishing number of fascinating castles, abbeys, fortified towers, historic houses and buildings, all of which offer a great day out and also help to piece together the intriguing jigsaw of Scottish history.
The Borders: great walking country
The countryside of the Scottish Borders is very appealing to walkers of all levels of fitness. From a gentle meander beside one of our stunning rivers to a stiff haul up the Cheviots, or a wander across rolling farmland on one of the many footpaths, there is something for everyone here.
This guide, called Scottish Walks, is highly recommended.
What we also have plenty of are appealling towns and villages with lovely shops and excellent cafes. What could be better than finishing your walk with a traditional Scottish cream tea and scones?