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Golfing Holidays In Galashiels

Kingsknowes Hotel Galashiels

The Scottish Borders are a golfing haven for visitors from around the world, with internationally renowned golf courses and gorgeous scenery to play in.

Kingsknowes Galashiels Hotel is ideally situated in the heart of the local golfing scheme 'The Freedom of the Fairways'. Golfers can buy their passport and enjoy two rounds per day for 3 or 5 days at a hugely reduced cost during the months of April-October inclusively, with the choice of 21 different courses, including two championship courses.

Torwoodlee Golf Course is situated less than 4 miles away and is very popular with locals and tourists alike. Our Galashiels hotels nearby activities offer special rates & apply for those who stay at the hotel. You can organise your golf trip directly with Kingsknowes Hotel. We can book and organise times, buggies and lunch.

  • 3 day passport for 6 rounds
  • 5 day passport for 10 rounds

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Golfing In Galashiels

Torwoodlee Golf Course
Edinburgh Rd, Galashiels
The Scottish Borders

Tel: +44 (0) 1896 752260

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Salmon & Trout Fishing In Galashiels

Kingsknowes Hotel The Borders

Kingsknowes Hotel guests can enjoy the many places to fish in the Scottish Borders, however, you must have a permit to do so. Fishing permits can be purchased from local angling shops, retailers, or direct from Visit Scotland's website. Trout fishing permits can be purchased direct with us at £25.00.

The Kingsknowes Hotel is perfectly situated for those wishing to fish the Middle and Upper Tweed. The Hotel sits above the beat Boleside, where this season a 50lb salmon was caught, and is also in easy reach of Bemersyde all the way up to Traquair.

To book fishing you must visit the FishPal website.

The historic and popular River Tweed is renowned for its salmon fishing, with anglers and sport fishing lovers from all over the world. The Tweed was the first river in the world to be properly managed for the environment and the fish that populate it. It ranks among the very top salmon rivers in the world.

The Tweed has seasonal fishing for:

  • Salmon
  • Sea Trout
  • Trout
  • Grayling

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Obtain Fishing Permits and Further Information

Waders and fishing tackle can be rented from The Borders Gun Room in St.Boswells. Various reservoirs and lochs are in the surrounding area, great for children and beginner's, and plentiful with brown trout and sea trout.

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Local Attractions In Galashiels

Kingsknowes Hotel Galashiels, The Scottish Borders

Visitors to Scotland fall in love with the Borders, its history and the landscape of this beautiful countryside. A famous son of the Borders, Sir Walter Scott, an early nineteenth century poet and writer, lived here and his residence is an historic treasure.

The Scottish Borders area, around the Kingsknowes Hotel in Galashiels, boasts more than simple sightseeing. Visitors can enjoy walking, golfing, biking, horse riding or fishing within the unspoilt landscape and take part in the events and activities which abound within this area of Scotland. There are many quaint local towns with award-winning facilities and food. Covering almost 1800 square miles, the Scottish Borders enjoys clear spring months, light, long summer days and golden shades of autumn.

The crisp winter months bring early morning mists which float over the countryside and the snow capped peaks of the hills are gorgeous in their splendour. The untouched beauty of this area of Scotland blends with the gentle pace of rural life, in which visitors and locals alike, can take part in activities which forge friendships and memories that last forever.

Using the Kingsknowes Hotel as your base, there is so much to do and explore in the Scottish Borders with special attractions that include:

  • Mellerstain House and Gardens
  • Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre
  • Harestanes Countryside visitor Centre
  • Whiteadder reservoir for sailing & fishing
  • Hermitage Castle
  • Floors Castle
  • The Donkey Sanctuary
  • Johnstons of Elgin Visitor Centre
  • Jedforest Deer & Farm Park
  • Dawyck Botanic Gardens
  • Old Gala House
  • Traquair House

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Abbotsford House

Just a stone's throw away on the other side of the River Tweed is Abbotsford House, the ancestral home of Sir Walter Scott. Tours of both the house and garden are available all year round.

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Lochcarron of Scotland Visitor Centre

Lochcarron of Scotland visitor centre is just a 5 minute drive with daily tours around the Mill. Selling a variety of tweed, cashmere and tartan, and has also a wee coffee shop, it makes a great way to spend a morning.

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Bowhill House and Country Estate

Bowhill House and Country Estate is a great day out for all the family. The house is open for the month of July and various weekends throughout the summer months. The estate is open between April and September where children can play in the adventure playground and enjoy the beautiful grounds.

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Other Local Attractions

Various locations in Galashiels via the Visit Scottish Borders website.

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Clay Pigeon Shooting In Galashiels

Clay Pigeon Shooting Does Not Involve Any Harm To Birds

Clay Pigeon Shooting is an exciting, dramatic and family friendly sporting activity. Close to the Kingsknowes Hotel in Galashiels, Braidwood Range offer clay shooting events which are a source of great entertainment for newcomers to the sport and the seasoned veteran.

The shooting itself is staged carefully to ensure visitors have a safe environment while trying the sport. Safety is paramount at these type of events and the staff are professional in their work.

There are various types of automatic traps which offer an exciting simulation of hunting without harm to animals. At Braidwood Range the shooting offers all manner of game from:

  • Driven Grouse
  • High Pheasants
  • Bolting Rabbits
  • Springing Teal
  • Crossing Pigeons

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Clay Pigeon Shooting

Bisley at Braidwood
Braidwood, Midlem, Nr. Selkirk
The Scottish Borders

Tel: 01835 870280

Horse Riding In Galashiels

Horse Riding In Galashiels

Horse riding is one of the most traditional and popular sports in the Scottish Borders. Riding is sociable and offers activities by joining in groups. The gorgeous countryside offers a pleasant environment for novices and the experienced rider alike.

The rolling countryside around Kingsknowes Hotel has some of the best horse riding spots in Britain. The Buccleuch Country Ride is a 57 mile trail and is unique in Scotland. The hills of the Cheviots and Lammermuirs have wide open spaces suitable for experienced horse riders.

The Kingsknowes Hotel in Galashiels is also close to Dryden Riding Centre, which is a British Horse Society approved establishment. Founded in 1975, Dryden have been teaching people to ride horses for over 30 years. The horse centre offers many ways to get involved with horse riding, even if you would rather help out with grooming.

A family friendly series of events is The Borders Festival of the Horse which features 11 days of equestrian events and activities at various locations around the Scottish Borders for riders and spectators alike.

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Kailzie Equestrian Centre

Kailzie Home Farm
EH45 9HT
The Scottish Borders

Tel: 01721 729121

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Walking Holidays In Galashiels

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There are many walking routes in and around the Borders and over one third of the Southern Uplands Way. The Scottish Borders has some of the country’s most beautiful scenery and what better way to enjoy it than on foot! With various different routes of varying difficulty and length there is a wealth of choice.

The Borders Abbey Way (65 miles) is a popular choice for those on a walking holiday as well as St Cuthbert's Way (62.5 miles) from Melrose Abbey to Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island. For those a little less ambitious, there is the Berwickshire costal path or even just an afternoon up the Eildon Hills where stunning vistas of the local countryside can be admired.

In September every year the Borders Walking Festival takes place. This festival moves around each Border town with various different organised walks for all abilities.

An established local activity close to the Kingsknowes Hotel is the Tweed Valley Forest Festival. This family friendly festival attracts thousands of visitors from Britain and around the world every year. The festival includes:

  • Dark Wood Glenkinnon Biodiversity Trail (guided walk)
  • The Big 'W' (guided walk)
  • Scottish Conker Championships
  • demonstrations & activities
  • local food cooked on Tweed Green

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Southern Upland Way

The Scottish Borders

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Tweed Valley Forest Festival

Tweed Green in Peebles
Various Locations
The Scottish Borders

Tel: 01750 32208

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St Cuthbert's Way

Scottish Borders Council
Countryside & Access Team
The Scottish Borders

Tel: 01835 826509

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Cycling Holidays In Galashiels

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There are many different official and unofficial cycle routes in the Scottish Borders suitable for all ages and abilities including the 4 Abbeys cycle route, visiting Dryburgh, Kelso, Jedburgh and Melrose Abbeys, and the Tweed Cycle Way meandering down the Tweed from Biggar to Coldstream.

7Stanes biking at Glentress forest is located near Peebles and boasts some of the best mountain biking in the UK, suitable for all abilities. They also offer bike hire and mountain bike tutoring.

Around the area of the Kingsknowes Hotel in Galashiels there are hundreds of square miles of forest trails and woodland tracks which are visited by mountain bike enthusiasts and cyclists from around Britain and the world.

There are many off-road trails for beginner's and families, or for the adventurous rider, the cross country bike trails which have steep climbs and exhilarating downhill sections.

There are many routes to choose from no matter your ability. The roads around the Scottish Borders have waymarked cycle routes that can be travelled in as little as a day, or for a longer duration trip to explore the beautiful scenery.

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7Stanes biking

Glentress forest, near Peebles

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Kelso Races & Point to Point In Galashiels

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Kingsknowes Hotel is close to the idyllic market town of Kelso, set on the rivers Teviot and the Tweed and is the home of National Hunt Racing. Kelso racecourse is a fun, family friendly destination for a day trip and a magnet for tourists from around the world. Kelso racecourse stages thirteen jumps fixtures during the Season from October through until May.

The racecourse offers many local events such as: the Border Union Agricultural Show; Championship Dog Show and the British Motorcycle Federation Rally.

The town is distinguished in that it boasts Floors Castle - The largest inhabited castle in Scotland. The market town has a traditional cobbled square featuring retail outlets of national and locally owned businesses. Dining is available at the many reputable establishments.

The exhilarating Point-to-Point racing in Galashiels has perfect viewing from a large natural grandstand and is a popular meeting. Some types of Point-to-Point racing are:

  • Intermediate
  • Maiden
  • Ladies Open
  • Mens Open
  • Mixed Open
  • Restricted

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Kelso Races

18-20 Glendale Road, Wooler
NE71 6DW

Tel: 01668 280800

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Point to Point In Galashiels

4m NE of Galashiels
between A7 and A68
NE71 6DW
The Scottish Borders

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Borders Rugby In Galashiels

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The Scottish Borders is home to some of the greatest Scottish rugby players and the origin of Rugby 7's founded in Melrose in 1883, and is now played all over the world. The Melrose 7's is held in April every year and attracts enthusiasts from all around the globe.


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The Melrose 7's
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Kingsknowes Hotel Customer Reviews

Had a brilliant time at Kingsknowes Hotel. Would certainly go there again.

R Sanderson

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