Lovely rolling hills, sparkly streams and gently meandering rivers define the Ettrick valley and its neighbour the Yarrow Valley - covering a large area from Selkirk to Moffat with some of the finest scenery in Scotland. We are situated right in the heart of this beautiful landscape, 13 miles from Selkirk along the scenic B7009. Even though you are only 70 minutes from the City of Edinburgh, such is the remote and tranquil feel of these beautiful valleys, you could be hours from anywhere. Fresh air and wildlife abound here and there is no light pollution so thousands of stars are visible on a clear night.
The Newburgh Burn trickles through our small yurt site in Summer and is a lovely place for paddling and guddling. This flows into the River Ettrick which is securely fenced off but is easily accessed. At certain times of the year this is one of the best rivers for Salmon fishing in Scotland and permits for trout and grayling fishing can also be purchased locally.
If you are keen cyclists then please do bring your bikes as the roads here were made for cycling with several routes mapped out, and are often used by national and local bike races such as the Tour o the Borders.
For off road biking then the internationally renowned 7 Stanes courses at Glentress and Innerleithen are a great day out where bikes can be hired.
We have two local pubs - The Gordon Arms and The Cross Keys - 10 and 15 minutes' drive from the site (or a slightly longer cycle). Both are very welcoming and friendly and serve great food and drinks, sometimes with live music. Twenty minutes away, The Southern Upland Way passes the Tibbie Shiels Inn - the haunt of both James Hogg (the Ettrick Shepherd) and his friend and contemporary Sir Walter Scott - on the shore of the beautiful St. Mary's Loch. This is a great place for Sunday lunch or maybe a stop off on the way back from a walk at The Grey Mare's Tail waterfall.
The area is steeped in history. William Wallace was made guardian of the Scottish people in Selkirk and Bonnie Prince Charlie, Mary Queen of Scot's, and the Black Douglas's have all also played their part in the local history as well as many plundering Reivers and fleeing Covenanters. Sir Walter Scott lived and wrote at Abbotsford for many years and his fellow writer James Hogg lived most of his life in the parish of Ettrick.
The Border textile industries of course have also played their part in Scottish History. Several of these are still in operation in local towns with their outlets and visitor centres.
For those interested in finding out more about their own family history and links with the Borders the Heritage Hub in Hawick has a huge amount of information going back over 750 years.
Also in the area are several attractions in the form of country houses such as Bowhill, Abbotsford and Traquair; castles such as Neidpath, Floors and Thirelstane; the ruined abbeys of Melrose, Dryburgh, and Kelso; and pretty Border towns like Peebles, Melrose, and Newton St Boswells to name a few with all their shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants.
And then there opportunities for golf, horse riding, kayaking, tree climbing at Go Ape and many other attractions close enough for a day out - even a trip into Edinburgh.
All in all there is plenty to do although you might just want to enjoy the miles and miles of unspoilt countryside, still wild and inspiring, which makes the Ettrick valley so special and just relax, guddle about and stargaze.
From the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass, follow the A68 south to the Newstead Roundabout then follow signs to Galashiels then Selkirk From Selkirk take the B7009 through Ettrick Bridge. Ettrick Valley Yurts is about 6.5 miles past Ettrick Bridge on the left
From Edinburgh Airport/Glasgow:
Travelling eastbound, turn off the Edinburgh bypass at the Straiton Junction and take the A701 to Peebles. Then take the A72 to Innerliethen and then the B709 past Traquair and Yarrow Water to Tushielaw. Turn left here, Ettrick Valley Yurts is about 2.5 miles on the right.
From the A1 take the A68 north of Darlington. Turn off at Newstead Roundabout and follow signs to Galashiels and Selkirk as above.
or from the M6 take the A7 to Hawick and then Selkirk.