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Things to Do

Things to do near Rutherford

Rosslyn Chapel
Made famous in the renowned Da Vinci Code Rosslyn Chapel is well worth a visit. It is around a 15-20 minute drive from us.
Situated on the edge of the village of Roslin, approximately 7 miles South of Edinburgh. It is a ‘A’  listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument built between 1446-1484 and has been described as an “Architectural Wonder”. Nearly every surface of the Chapel is covered with carvings of individual figures and scenes. Myths, legends and Hollywood fiction writing have given Rosslyn a unique sense of mystery and wonder.
Open all year round, except Christmas and New Year.


Little Sparta
Set in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, Little Sparta is Ian Hamilton Finlay’s greatest work of art. The garden is created from the artistic fusion of poetic and sculptural elements with those of the natural landscape which has shaped and changed to become an inherent part of the concepts realised at Little Sparta.
Ian Hamilton Finlay is renowned worldwide for his sculptures and art works, some of which are are held in major collections and more than fifty of his installations can be seen in public places.
Open: from 24th May to 29th September.

Dawyck Botanic Gardens
Dawyck Botanic Gardens is one of the finest arboreta’s in the world. The gardens have an abundance of exotic and native plants and trees which display a range of colours throughout the year.
They also have an award-winning visitor centre which is worth a visit. The gardens are around a 30 minute drive from us, and near the lovely market town of Peebles.
Open daily 1 February to 30 November from 10am to 4pm/5pm/6pm

Kailzie Gardens
Kailzie gardens are just outside the pretty market town of Peebles, around a 35 minute drive from us. A great day out where you can explore the walled gardens and woodland walks, then have some lunch in the restaurant/coffee shop.
Open from end of March – end of October daily from 11am-5.30pm

Local Whisky Distillery
Glenkinchie Distillery is located just East of Edinburgh, around a 40 minute drive from us. Our whisky has become known as the “Edinburgh Malt”, and is a typical lowland malt, displaying light, floral & fragrant aromas and flavours. There are regular tours throughout the day.

Traquair House, Innerleithen
Traquair House boosts the title of being Scotland’s oldest inhabited house. It dates back to 1107 when it was originally built as a hunting lodge for Scotland’s Kings and Queens to use. Today it welcomes visitors from all around the world who visit the house, it’s extensive gardens with it’s very own maze, Cottage restaurant and its famous Traquair Brewery which is housed in the 18th century wing of the house. It is a superb day out for all the family.

Floors Castle, Kelso
Floors Castle, the largest inhabited Castle in Scotland, is home to the Duke of Roxburghe. Designed and built by William Adam in 1721 with later additions in the mid 1800′s. Explore the marvellous grounds and gardens, taking in the walled garden and woodland walk. For children there is an Adventure Playground to explore with picnic benches to sit on.

Melrose Abbey, Melrose
The Abbey is a magnificent ruin in the care of Historic Scotland, and is the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart. There is a commemorative carved stone plaque site within the grounds marking the burial place. The graceful architechture of the abbey is amongst the best 14th century church architechture in Britain.