The Area

The Scottish Borders has so much to offer — from historical estates, villages and ruined castles, to market towns, rolling hills and majestic coastlines. Feel free to ask us about some of our favourite places to visit when you book your stay or find out more and plan your visit here.

Local History

From Sir Walter Scott’s historic country mansion, Abbotsford House, and the magnificent Cistercian ruin at Melrose Abbey, to the romantic Dryburgh Abbey and Scotland’s oldest inhabited house at Traquair, Innerleithen, the area is rich in history.


More active visitors will relish the abundance of activities to be found right on our doorstep, including world-class fishing, golf, mountain-biking and walking. If you would like to find out about any of these pursuits, please ask us when you book or discover more and plan your visit here.

Every so often you happen to strike it lucky — we enjoyed excellent food, accommodation, hospitality... And such a warm welcome! We will be back!


Rates are per room and include breakfast. Dinner can be included for an additional £55 per person. Please telephone +44 (0)1896 870 636 or mail stay@windlestraw.co.uk for any enquiries or if you would like to make a booking.

Your contributions

Every guest’s stay at Windlestraw contributes directly to our charitable projects. A percentage will go towards Children of the Mountain, a non-profit organisation we set up in 2009 to support the poorest children in rural Nepal, providing them with opportunities through education and personal development.