For eating out we have many good restaurants a short drive away. In West Linton there is the local village pub for a relaxed dining experience, as well as a quaint Bistro serving mostly fresh, local produce.
The Old Bakehouse, West Linton: This is a great little bistro in the heart of the village offering a wide variety of good honest food to choose from. They are open Wednesday-Sunday.
The Gordon Arms, West Linton: This is the village pub where you can have good pub food 7 days a week. They serve both lunch and dinner and in the winter months have a nice roaring fire to sit by. They have a bar and restaurant, and in summer months have an outdoor terrace.
The Allan Ramsay, Carlops: Carlops is within walking distance of us (around 3/4 of a mile) and here you will find the Allan Ramsay which is the village pub. It also serves good pub food every day for lunch and dinner. There is a bar area with a lovely log fire, and a restaurant. There are a few table outdoors for when the weather permits!
The Old Tea House, West Linton: This is a quaint little tea room serving tea’s/coffee and a selection of home baking and rolls throughout the day. It is open Monday-Saturady 10-4.30pm and Sunday 11-4.00pm. It is situated beside the pretty village green and park and also has an outdoor area for the summer months.
Whitmuir Organic Farm: This is a great place to visit, even on a rainy day..It is around a 10 minute drive from us and is open 7 days a week from . It has a large open restaurant and coffee shop serving delicious breakfasts, lunches, and serves tea coffee and a great selection of home baking throughout the day. Breakfast is served 10-11.30am, Lunch 12-4.30pm and Bevridges and cakes all day. In the summer months they have tables outdoors where you can sit and enjoy lunch while the children run around playing. Here you will also find a fabulous organic shop offering a huge variety of everything organic from fruit and vegetables to skincare and children’s clothing. They are renowned for their superb butcher meat, which you are also able to buy from the farm shop.
As well as a restaurant and farm shop, there is also an Art Gallery which displays and sells work from many of our local artists in the Scottish Borders. They have a range of paintings, ceramics and other local artworks. For children there are interesting walks around the farm, as well as the animals and a large tippee to keep them occupied.
We are extremely lucky to have Bread Matters on our doorstep. This is a very professional Bread Making course run by the highly acclaimed bread guru, Andrew Whitley and his wife Veronica. Andrew is a founder member of the Real Bread Campaign, and is passionate about educating people on the advantages of real artisan bread and the health benefits that come with it.
Andrew recently helped start a community bakery here in our local area, which we are delighted about. It means we can now buy this delicious bread for our B&B guests…mmm
He runs courses throughout the year, which you can check out on his website: http://www.breadmatters.com They cater for everyone, from complete beginners to professional chefs.
West Linton has a local convenience store, post office selling cards and gifts, hair salon, card/gift shop, book shop, tea room, restaurant, village pub. There is also a lovely village green and play park. Opposite the park are tennis courts and bowling green. There is also St Andrew’s church, as well as the local medical centre.
We have a large parking area to the front of the property where you are able to park your car.
Private Tours: http://www.greenlyne.co.uk/
Green Lyne of Scotland are a local firm who operate some wonderful tours in the region. They have a wealth of knowledge on the local area and surrounds and can recommend tours for you, or tailor make your own individual tour of the area. They have a number of vehicles to cater for small to larger numbers in your party.
For more information please click on the link above.
They also offer Private Taxi Hire, which is great if you want to leave your car and head out for dinner and drinks. Airport and Railway collection can be arranged either directly via them, or we or happy to arrange that for you. Just let us know your flight/train arrival/departure time, together with your flight number and a mobile phone number, and we will make sure that they are there to collect you.
For those wishing to use public transport, there is a local bus service which runs throughout the day going into Edinburgh. The nearest bus stop is in Carlops, although the friendly bus drivers will normally pick up and drop off from just outside the house.
There is also a Park and Ride option at Straiton. Straiton is on the edge of the city, and around a 15 minute drive from us. Here you can leave your car in the parking area for free all day, and take one of the many buses into the city. **Please note that the buses require the exact money and do not give change.
Please visit our Transport page to find out more: http://rutherford-house.co.uk/transport/