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In The Area

Newcastleton and the Scottish Borders has a wealth of entertaining diversions for families or visitors.


Kielder Water and Forest Park is a 25 minute drive away being the largest man made lake in Europe and has a fantastic choice of leisure activities. There is a well constructed path/cycle way for 27 miles around the shoreline, numerous contemporary works of art are placed along it’s length to add some interest along the way. The Osprey cruiser boat stops at several stages along the shore so tired legs can take a short cut home!

There are some fantastic cycle trails in Kielder forest from beginners to enthusiasts, all well signed and with numerous events throughout the year. Other attractions are a Bird Of Prey center, the lake is well stocked for fishing and day passes are available.The Kielder Waterside Park and the Tower Knowe visitor centers have all the information you require.


Kielder Observatory hosts numerous lecture throughout the year which must be reserved.  The Forest Park is in a gold awarded Dark Sky Park and the skies are truly amazing. Take a look at our dark sky page for more information.




Newcastleton is right in the heart of the Scottish Borders, renowned for history of the Border Reivers and is the seat of the Elliot Clan. The  Armstrong Clan hails from Langholm just over the hill.

Newcastleton’s countryside was the scene of a very violent and bloodied past. The area was known as the “Debateable Lands” and families from both sides of the border raided and pillaged the area. Hermitage Castle 5 miles away is a forbidding example of a fortification in the area.


Carlisle The Border City, is 25 miles to the south. The City was besieged more times than any other city in Britain. The castle dates back to 1093 and was visited by both Mary Queen of Scots and Bonny Prince Charlie.

Apart from the historic quarter Carlisle offers a wonderful paved shopping area and many lively bars and restaurants.


Hadrians Wall is now a world heritage site and is approximately 40 mins drive away. The forts of Vindolanda,still being excavated, and Birdoswald offer a fascinating insight into Roman life, with museums and  a reconstructed village.


Gretna Green, 20 minutes away is renowned for young eloping couples as Scotland’s marriage laws age of consent was 16.  The blacksmith conducted the ceremonies over the anvil and is still there today! Gretna Gateway is a designer shopping outlet is close by with all major brands, great for a rainy day!

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