Explore the area

Barony Castle is located in the heart of the Scottish Borders, near the historic town of Peebles and within easy reach of Edinburgh.


The 25 acres surrounding the hotel reveal a secret at every turn. The Limes Avenue laid out in the 1620’s was the original impressive entrance to the house and remained such until the 1950’s.

The Yew Tree Walk leads to the Altar which was built on the site of a 19th century summerhouse, which in turn occupied one of the sites used for private worship by the Murray family during the 17th century. The Altar is now a popular choice for Wedding and Civil Ceremonies.

The last remaining Summerhouse is now a popular wedding backdrop and has also been used as a Hindu temple and a chapel. The Ice House was built for George Murray the 6th Lord Elibank and could hold 11,500 litres of ice collected from the Mill Pond and surrounding streams during the winter months.

These and many other features along with the history of the castle and surrounding area can be found in documents held at the hotel.


The Great Polish Map of Scotland is a large (50 m x 40 m) three-dimensional, outdoor concrete scale model of Scotland. It is also known as the Mapa Scotland (derived from Polish mapa Szkocji) or the Barony Map.

It stands in the grounds of Barony Castle and is open to visitors daily.


Biggar Adventures, Peebles

Family-friendly outdoor pursuits including canoeing on the River Tweed, archery, abseiling, mountain biking, rock climbing and more.


(4 miles)

Eastgate Theatre

Eastgate Theatre, Peebles

Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre in the heart of Peebles is a vibrant, busy, well-loved hub for live performances, films, classes and exhibitions.


(4 miles)

Cocoa Black

Cocoa Black Chocolatier & Patisserie, Peebles

Luxury chocolatier and patisserie by Ruth Hinks (UK World Chocolate Master). Relax and enjoy luxury chocolate, cakes and patisserie in the chocolate boutique or book into a the Chocolate & Pastry School.


01721 723 764

(4 miles)

Kailzie Gardens by Peebles

Large gardens open to the public. Principle attractions for a day out include live viewing of the Tweed Valley Ospreys (Easter to end of August), the restaurant, a larder shop, plant sales, children’s corner, putting green and a picnic area.


01721 720007

(5 miles)


Ridelines Mountain Bike Tuition, Glentress

Explore Glentress forest with experienced and professional instructors. Routes can be panned for adults and children. 15 min drive or can be arranged on our grounds and surrounding area.


07817 792 544

(6.5 miles)

Traquair House

Traquair House & Brewery, Innerleithen

Traquair is a unique piece of living history. Take a tour of the house, visit their micro brewery, explore the walled garden and children can enjoy the maze and adventure playground.


01896 830 323

(11 miles)

Dawyk Gardens

Dawyck Botanic Garden, Stobo

Dawyck is truly one of the world’s finest arboreta.  Seasonal displays of abundant exotic and native plants provide a breath taking backdrop of colour throughout the year.  The Garden also offers an award-winning visitor centre.


01721 760254

(11 miles)

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin

One of Scotland’s most beautiful heritage attractions, Rosslyn Chapel is a medieval treasure in stone.  Rosslyn Chapel came to worldwide prominence through The Da Vinci Code, a novel written by Dan Brown.


0131 440 2159

(11.5 miles)

National Mining Museum Scotland

National Mining Museum, Newtongrange

5 Star visitor attraction and winner of the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions “Best Visitor Experience” Award in 2009 and 2013.

The museum provides a great day out for all ages!  Based at one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian colliery in Europe, the Lady Victoria Colliery at Newtongrange, just nine miles south of Edinburgh.


0131 663 7519

(15.5 miles)


Glenkinchie Distillery, East Lothian

Come and visit our picturesque distillery and experience a real taste of Scotland.  The home of ‘The Edinburgh Malt’.

“Highly recommended for Single Malt whisky lovers.”


01875 342 012

(21 miles)

Abbotsford House

Abbotsford House, Melrose

Abbotsford is a historic country house in the Scottish Borders, at the town of Galashiels, near Melrose, on the south bank of the River Tweed.  It was formerly the residence of historical novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott.


01896 752043

(26 miles)

Bowhill Estate

Bowhill Estate, Selkirk

Bowhill House and Country Estate in the Scottish Borders is ideal for outdoor activities and family days out.  Explore five way-marked trails through woodland.  Enjoy the thrills of the adventure playground and Nutty the Squirrels play area.


01750 22204

(27 miles)

New Lanark Visitor Centre

New Lanark Visitor Centre, Lanark

The award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre tells the fascinating story of the cotton mill village of New Lanark which was founded in the 18th century.  Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Mill Shop, Mill Café & much more!


01555 661345

(35 miles)


To find out what’s happening in Peebles and the Tweed Valley, please visit the website links below.