Places to Visit
The best bit abut going somewhere new is the chance to explore. We've pulled together some suggestions of what's right on our doorstep, and be sure to ask our reception team for their recommendations too. Prices quoted on our website were correct at time of checking, but please check the visitor attraction's website for their published prices to be sure.
Biggar Museum Trust
Biggar museum trust offers a wide range of visitor attractions for individuals & family, group tours and educational visits. To book your tour or find our more information please contact 01899 221 050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Biggar Puppet Theatre
The puppeteers, International Purves Puppets is a Victorian style theatre that has been in the heart of nearby town Biggar for over 40 years. Regarding as one of the best puppet companies in the world, this is an ideal place for families to visit. There are performances all year round including special glow in the dark shows for all ages as well as puppet making workshops and museum tours when you book in advance.
The award winning puppet theatre is the only one of its kind in Scotland and is a unique place to visit and enjoy and enjoy a magical experience.
Tickets to performances:
Adult £8, child £3
Puppet Museum Tour (open by arrangement, 4 or more people req.)
Adult £3, child £3
Various performance times are available on the website. Group rates are also available when booking in advance.
Always book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Tel: 01899 220631
A majestic site that has to be seen in the flesh to be truly appreciated, The Kelpies have become a national treasure in the short time since they were created next to the M9 motorway at Falkirk. The mystical 30 metre high structures are built at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canals and represent Scotland’s long history of horse powered industry, particularly in the area the Kelpies stand proudly. 8 years in the making by Scottish architect Andy Scott,
the Kelpies are part of The Helix land transformation project which aims to improve the links between communities in the area.
The Kelpies are always accessible to visit, but tours only run at certain times. The tours allow you to hear about the equine creatures and see the structures from the inside.
The Kelpies Tours run from month to month. Times vary between 10am and 5pm. There’s a chance that a reduced service for The Kelpies Tours will run during the winter months (October – March).
Prices: Adults £4.95, child under 5 free, child over 5 £3, concessions £3.95, family group (2 adults, 2 children) £15, carer/teacher free
Group ticket prices are also available online
Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World
Experience a burst of colour and tropical creatures in the world’s longest running indoor butterfly house. There are hundreds of free flying butterflies to see as well as an array of other exotic creatures.
An all-day pass offers you a bit more of an access-all-areas experience where you can feed the animals and even cure those phobias by holding a tarantula, a giant millipede and a snake.
Summer: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Winter: 10am – 5pm
Prices: Adults £7.50, concessions £6.50, children (3-15 years) £5.50, Children (under 3 years) free, families from £24.50.
Open 7 days a week all year round.
There’s penguins, lemurs, koalas and, of course, Edinburgh’s world famous Pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang. For families and animals lovers, Edinburgh Zoo is a must.
April - September: 9am-6pm
October & March 9am-5pm
November – February 9am-4.30pm
Prices: Adult £16.50, child (3-15 years) £12, child (under 3) free, concession £14
Details of family tickets are available online.
Open throughout the year, see a variety of different flowers through the different seasons including daffodils, bluebells and an array of plants in their walled garden. Other attractions include a live viewing of the Tweed Valley Ospreys from Easter through the summer to August as well as a restaurant, a gift shop and more.
Kailzie also have a private 2-mile stretch of the River Tweed for fly fishing. For further information on this call 01721 720009.
Summer - End of March to end of October, Walled and Wild Gardens, Woodland Walks, 11a.m. - 5.30p.m.
Winter - End of October to March, Wild Garden and Woodland Walks during daylight hours. Please note that although the Woodland and Wild Garden are open for walks the Walled garden is closed during the winter months.
Prices: Adult £4.50, concession £3.50, child (5-12 years) £1.00, child (under 5 years) free
The Real Mary Kings Close
Deep beneath the streets of Scotland’ capital, lies another world of underground streets, spaces and vaults. The hidden closes of Old Town Edinburgh from the 1600s are full of ancient myths and tales of ghosts and murder. Take a tour of The Real Mary Kings Close to see the underground town for yourself.
Opening times: times vary from the summer to winter. For November 1st 2014 – March 20th 2015, opening times are Monday – Sunday 10am-5pm.
Prices: Adult £13.25, senior (60+) £11.75, student (with valid student ID) £11.75, child (5-15 years) £7.75.
Please note that this attraction is not suitable for children under 5, therefore they will not be admitted.
Established in 2004, Stewart Brewing is an independent craft brewery based on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Producing premium beers, these golden flavours are found in pubs in the Edinburgh area and north east of England. The brewery are always happy to welcome beer lovers for a tour of the brewery to learn all about crafting your own tasty ales.
Tours take place every Thursday and Friday at 7pm until 9.30pm and can be booked in advance.
Prices: Adult £15, £12 concessions. Prices include drinks, snacks and a beer glass to keep as a memento of your visit
Velvet Hall Alpacas
To find out about attending workshops, contact Linda Lewin on 01721 760229.
Based in the heart of the beautiful Tweed Valley, venture into the world of Alpacas. You can simply visit to meet their beautiful Alpacas or go on a trek.
Monday – Friday 10am – 8pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 9pm
Prices: Contact details for pricing on website.
Dawyck Botanic Garden
Visit one of the world’s most beautiful botanic gardens, home to many exotic seasonal plants and flowers all year round. There’s also an award-winning visitor centre.
Open daily from February 1st – November 30th from 10am – 4pm/5pm/6pm
Prices: Adults £6, concessions £5, child free, members free
Castles & Palaces
One of the most famous castles in the world, Edinburgh Castle in the heart of Scotland’s capital is a must see.
See website for ticket information and opening times.
Robert Smail’s Printing Works
Ever wondered how newspapers used to be printed a hundred years ago? Discover the history right here at a printing museum that still lives and breathes these traditional methods of bringing typography to life. Enjoy hands-on demonstrations by becoming a printer’s apprentice when you visit.
Opening times vary though out the year. Specific dates and times can be verified online
Prices: NTS members free, adult £6.50, concession £5, family pass £16.50
Recently awarded a five star tourism award by Visit Scotland, the Biggar and Upper Clydesdale museum explores 14,000 years of rural and small town life in Upper Clydesdale. It focuses on the people who have lived and worked here from prehistoric times up to the mid-20th century.
Open from Saturday and Sunday from November 2015 - April 2016. Open from Tuesday to Sunday the rest of the year.
Moy Mackay Gallery
A visual feast for art lovers and for those who like to admire colours and beautiful landscapes, local artist Moy Mackay’s paintings are exhibited alongside a range of other artists local to the Borders and further afield. Moy’s paintings are inspired by her surroundings in hills and valleys of the Scottish Borders.
Opening times: Mon – Sat 10am-5pm
Entry free (TBC)