3 Fantastic Family-sized Holiday Lets for Melrose Sevens
It’s that time of year again to start preparing for Melrose Sevens, where thousands of rugby fans flock to the Borders to watch their favourite teams battle it out. Image credit thanks to Daniel This April 11th will mark the 125th playing of Melrose Sevens, so what better way to celebrate than to spend a long weekend soaking up the atmosphere in Melrose with friends or family? There’s plenty of things to do whilst you’re here, and for a couple of ideas check out my other blogs: ‘Some great suggestions for both walking and cycling in the Scottish Borders’ and ‘Four Melrose 7’s Eateries to Tantalise your Tastebuds’. If you’re looking for accommodation close to all the action at Greenyards for your group or family get-together, there are various charming holiday lets in the area to choose from, and I’m going to detail three of my favourites below.
4 Walks In the Scottish Borders you Would be Mad to Miss
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down over a coffee with Hazel Hall, an exceptional lady who along with her husband John has just bagged her last of 282 Munro’s (Scottish Peaks over 3000ft) by reaching the summit of Ben More. This love affair with Scottish mountain’s started in 1995 when her and John climbed Ben Nevis, they then set themselves the task of climbing all 282 Munro’s, taking them 10 years to achieve. This feat is in itself exceptional enough but the thing I really love about Hazel is her infectious enthusiasm for Scotland and walking. Not only has she achieved something amazing in her own right but she has inspired countless others including myself (via our various impromptu chats) and two further generations of her own family.
10 Ways to Help Ensure your Holiday Let Guests are Safe from the Risk of Fire
In this guide I will introduce you to one of the main areas of health and safety for holiday let properties in Scotland – fire safety.
Why a Poor Night’s Sleep Could Make Your Guests Fat
Research shows that 25% of us have some sort of sleep problem and that people who sleep for less than seven hours per night are more likely to be overweight or obese. Now I’m not suggesting that a 7 night stay in your holiday cottage is going to put the pounds on your guests but getting a good night’s sleep is vitally important generally so why should it be any different when you are on holiday? Hotels are vying to get you into their beds and some like Premier Inn base their whole advertising campaign on a good night’s sleep even offering a good night guarantee.
Holiday Letting Advice: Are You Barking Mad to Accept Pets?
Deliberating whether to allow pets in your self catering holiday cottage? Can’t decide which way to go? Well I’m here to tell you that you can profit from either option. Why would guests want to bring their pets on holiday? A new poll conducted by Travel Supermarket revealed that two of 5 in the UK now take their pets on holiday. The survey of 2010 pet owners also showed that 13% would rather go on holiday with their animal than their partner! To me guest’s holiday with their pets for two reasons: Avoidance of separation anxiety for both parties. Our relationship with pets can be quite extreme and sometimes just plain weird. We buy them gifts not just restricted to birthdays and Christmas. We talk to them in a baby voice referring to ourselves as ‘mummy’ and ‘daddy’. They sleep in our beds. We tell them our deepest secrets.
If you go down to Pressmennan Woods today you are in for a big surprise…
Go in search of mystical creatures known as Glingbobs and Tootflits who reside in what is believed to be the last traces of Scotland’s Ancient oak woodland. Pressmennan woods run by the Woodland Trust Scotland is a truly enchanting place situated in beautiful East Lothian countryside, near to the village of Stenton. With amazing views to the Bass Rock and beyond this magical woodland is rich in wildlife and you may be lucky enough to glimpse a Roe deer roaming through the trees or otter fishing in the lake. Woodpeckers can be heard high in the trees and if you dare to enter after dusk you may see bats and owls searching for food.
Rally Round for 40th Anniversary
Saturday March 17th 2012 is set to be one of the highlights of the local motorsport calendar when the Borders Counties Rally celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special stage of the event to raise much needed funds for two local charities; the Borders Children’s Charity and the Great North Air Ambulance Service. The Borders Children’s Charity provides children in the Borders who are in desperate need of beds, bedding, bedroom furniture, floor rugs, clothing and footwear. They also assist with equipment and funding for both physical and mental disability needs and provide much needed treats and holidays for young carers. This allows children who are often in extremely stressful situations an opportunity to enjoy themselves even just for a short while which can make all the difference.
Scottish Borders in bid to be Scotland’s leading cycling destination
The Scottish Borders is cranking up a gear to become Scotland’s leading cycling destination with the launch of the new look website www.cyclescottishborders.com. The site is crammed full of information on routes, forthcoming events, places to stay and things to do. It has fantastic interactive maps that allow you to search routes by town, level, distance and even altitude gain. The new look site is the first result of a £175000 grant provided from Europe, LEADER and the Scottish Government to The Scottish Borders Recreational Cycling project. The project is a partnership between local businesses and public agencies including Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Enterprise and VisitScotland. The groups aim is to establish the Borders as the leading cycling destination in Scotland and maximise the opportunities for the whole area by attracting cyclists.
Broaden your Tweed Horizons – 4 new Border cycle rides to experience.
A wonderful new guide written by Mark Porter and published by Cycle Guides Jedburgh entitled Tweed Horizons is available which details four new border cycle rides. The guide is highly informative, free and fits in your pocket. Each ride is detailed with information on what to do and see places to stay and eat and many interesting facts about each area. The thing that grabbed me most about this guide though was the photography. The guide really illustrates the beautiful Borders countryside at its best; this will appeal to everyone not just cyclists. The Borders is a super location for cycling with quiet roads, magnificent
Follow the Tree Trail at Bowhill Selkirk, Scottish Borders
Bowhill is home to the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry and encompasses 63,500 acres with a huge variety of tree species to be found in the surrounding woodland. The Tree Trail at Bowhill is one of 5 way marked paths on the estate and takes you on a wonderful journey through beautiful scenery in search of some of the finest trees in the grounds. Discreet natural pathways that cut through the meadows lead to 19 different and very fine examples of species of trees.