Things to do around Biggar – An Ideal Scottish Self Catering Holiday Home
Situated in an ideal location for activities and visits in all four directions and enjoying a lovely rural location, The New Farmhouse, luxury self catering accommodation, is sure to provide you with a memorable holiday.
Biggar is less than 2 miles away with a great selection of food and gift shops, butchers, post office, small Sainsbury’s and Co-Operative. The fabulous Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum and shop, the beautiful Biggar Puppet Theatre, the scenic Biggar Golf Course and the delicious Taylor’s ice cream are all on your doorstep.
In October the annual Biggar Little Festival celebrates the arts with all manner of concerts, exhibitions and activities and the finale to the year happens on the 31st December when a huge bonfire is lit at the top of the town, a site probably not witnessed anywhere else!
Continue through Biggar and you will find the world heritage site at New Lanark, Robert Owen’s restored workhouse and find out what life was like in the 1800’s.
Tinto hill an outlying part of the Southern Uplands, dominates the view to the south. The walk to the summit at 711m is well worth it for the views. Also close to Biggar is Culter Fell (748m) where on a clear day you can see from the Cumbrian Lake to District up to the Scottish Highlands. The highest hill in the south of Scotland is Broadlaw (840m) closely followed by Dollar Law (817m). There may be sheep farming and sporting activity in the area, so care should be taken when accessing the hills at all times especially in the spring or late summer. Please keep your dog on a lead.
Continuing west down the M74, visit Drumlanrig Castle or the Pink Palace as it sometimes known due to the reddish colour of the sandstone it is built with. One of the homes of the Duke of Buccleuch, with its grand rooms and furniture. It has marvellous woodland walks, mountain biking and a fabulous children’s adventure playground.
The pretty town of Peebles is one of the most popular in the Scottish Borders and is reached in 25 minutes with its swimming pool, Gytes Leisure Centre Sports Hall – Gym and the Eastgate theatre which has films and concerts. Neidpath castle should not be missed. It has been a source of inspiration for the 19th century authors Sir Walter Scott and William Wordsworth, and some of the scenes in films The Bruce, Merlin and Joan of Arc were shot here.
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to golf with 9 courses in the area including Biggar
You can do it all from The New Farmhouse – Luxury Self Catering in The Scottish Borders.
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Dawyck Botanic Gardens
One of the world’s finest arboreta with its huge Redwood and Douglas Firs. Also has a new visitor centre.
Biggar’s Puppet Theatre
Home to the world famous Scottish puppet theatre company, the International Purves Puppets.
Cycling Find a wealth of information and details on all cycling routes in the area including the Tweed Cycle Way which starts at 650 ft above sea level in Biggar and finishes on the coast in Berwick-upon-Tweed, It is a waymarked cycle route 89 miles long running through the heart of the Scottish Borders with the River Tweed as its linking theme. Bikes can be hired from; Glentress Bike Hire 01721 729756, The Hub in the Forest 01721 721736 and Bspoke 01721 723423.
Horse Riding: At Peebles Hotel Hydro; 01721 721325. Pony trekking, trail riding, childrens forest walks and lessons and at Carlops (01968 661095)where there is off-road riding over some of Scotland’s most spectacular Border countryside on Icelandic horses matched to the ability of the riders. Lessons for all abilities. BHS and TRSS approved.
Biggar Little Festival
Running from Thursday 16th October to Sunday 26th October with an exciting, diverse and fun packed ten days of music, the arts, drama, comedy and literature.
Whitmuir The Organic Place A small family farm with fabulous food hall and farm shop, licensed restaurant and art gallery. Open seven days a week, they raise organic cattle, pigs, sheep, chickens and turkeys and grow organic vegetables, salads and soft fruit. All meat is butchered on the farm.
Fishing On The Tweed and the Clyde …. the Tweed one of the top Scottish salmon fishing rivers; the Clyde, hard to beat for trout and grayling fishing; the Nith, Annan and Border Esk, often overlooked by those in a hurry to reach the highlands!
Peebles All you need to know about the Ancient and Royal Burgh of Peebles.
Toftcombs Mansion For large family celebrations or friend’s gatherings for up to 24 people, this grand 19th century mansion house is the perfect place. Only half a mile from The New Farmhouse