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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Scottish Borders

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 300 fun things to do in Scottish Borders for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Peebles, Chirnside and Coldingham. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 193 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Scottish Borders day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Scottish Borders with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

Find your perfect day out

Trimontium Heritage Centre

  • Melrose
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Trimontium Heritage Centre is a firmly educational stop but one that's fairly fascinating for all ages and will lead to some interesting conversa...

Lochcarron of Scotland Visitor Centre

  • Selkirk
  • Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Lochcarron of Scotland Visitor Centre is a working textile mill and knitwear emporium are prestigious holders of the Gold Award for Export Achievemen...

Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre

  • Selkirk
  • Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Children particularly love the interactive displays, which are both fun and pleasingly educational. There are also plenty of engaging features for ch...

Bowhill House and County Estate

  • Selkirk
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Welcome to Bowhill House and County Estate. The estate has plenty to offer visitors of all ages not least of which is their recently improved adventu...

Bowhill Stables

  • Selkirk
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Bowhill Stables offer a variety of well mannered mounts between 10hh and 17hh for all age and ability lessons and other equestrian adventures, all wi...

Go Ape Peebles

  • Peebles
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Butterflies in your tummy is a given at Go Ape Peebles, with a thrilling zip 160ft above the valley, the challenge will be trying not to look down! L...

Thirlestane Castle

  • Lauder
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Thirlestane Castle is a magnificent 16th Century Castle set in a quiet meadow landscape, the fairytale exterior makes it the perfect place for a magi...

Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre

  • Jedburgh
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre is a great starting point for a family day out as it is set in beautiful countryside near Jedburgh, with a numb...



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Traquair House

  • Traquair
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Traquair House and grounds has plenty to offer families including a maze, woodland and willow tunnels to explore, a mini adventure playground for all...

Teviotdale Leisure Centre

  • Hawick
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Teviotdale Leisure Centre with its Lagoon style swimming pool with toddler and main pool sections is a great place to take the kids and there is a so...

Nenthorn Equestrian Centre

  • Kelso
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Nenthorn Equestrian Centre offers lessons for all ages, Pony Club for over 6s, and hacking for over 16s plus riding club and common riding subject to...

Wilton Lodge Park3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Hawick
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Pretty little Wilton Lodge Park offers public access to putting, crazy golf, bowling, croquet and tennis, plus formal facilities rugby, tennis and fo...

Textile Towerhouse

  • Hawick
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Textile Towerhouse is hidden within Drumlanrig's Tower: a beautifully restored building which uses period rooms, figures and audiovisuals displays to...

Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum

  • Jedburgh
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Get a taste of life behind bars in this 1820s jail: a model prison in its day but now a bit spooky! Also discover the history of the Royal Burgh of J...

Mary Queen Of Scots Visitor Centre

  • Jedburgh
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Mary Queen Of Scots Visitor Centre helps visitors explore the history of an iconic Scottish figure and learn her story in full in a charming buil...

Floors Castle

  • Kelso
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

The Floors Castle is a wonderful example to kids who've previously seen ruins and military style fortifications of how such a building can still be a...

Border Ice Rink

  • Kelso
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Border Ice Rink is a rare treat, in that with all the curling and skating clubs they host there are very limited times in which you can just go for a...

7stanes Glentress

  • Peebles
  • Outdoor
  • Cycling

7stanes Glentress offers mountain biking trails with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a Visitors Centre, Wild Watch Room, Cafe a...

Kailzie Gardens

  • Peebles
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Kailzie Gardens, located about 2.5 miles from Peebles town centre in the Scottish Borders, provide a rich variety of colour and charm throughout the...

The Edinburgh Treasure Trail

  • Edinburgh
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Hunt for clues as you explore on the Edinburgh self guided themed Treasure Trail and locate the long lost treasure! You'll discover all manner of thi...

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