Blackadder Road Trip The Best of Berwickshire

St Abbs, Scottish Borders

Posted: October 20th, 2020

Blackadder Road Trip – ‘The Best of Berwickshire’

Once the county town of Berwickshire, the quiet little village of Greenlaw is situated in the foothills of the Lammermuir Hills on the Blackadder Water between Duns and Coldstream.

Berwickshire is a very special part of the country, where the River Tweed forms a natural boundary between Scotland and England. Our idyllic location is the perfect base for exploring the many superb attractions and unspoilt scenery that the area has to offer. As you drive through the rolling Berwickshire farmland you can enjoy detours to magnificent country houses and unspoilt villages and be enchanted by stunning views of the Cheviots and the River Tweed.

Here are just some of our favourite highlights along the way.

PAXTON HOUSE
Near Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1SZPaxton House

One of the finest examples of an 18th Century Palladian country house in Britain and full of treasures including a nationally significant collection of Chippendale and Trotter furniture and masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland.

House tours. 80 acres of woodlands, gardens and parkland. Adventure play park. Stables Tearoom, Scenic boat trips down the River Tweed.

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(Just 16 miles from Blackadder Holiday Park, Greenlaw)

MANDERSTON HOUSE
By Duns, TD11 3PP

Manderston is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland; the swan song of its era. A house on which no expense was spared with opulent staterooms, the only silver-staircase in the world and extensive “downstairs” domestic quarters.

The House stands in 56 acres of formal gardens, with magnificent stables and stunning marble dairy.

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(Just 9 miles from Blackadder Holiday Park, Greenlaw)

CHAIN BRIDGE HONEY FARM
Horncliffe, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 2XT

Chain Bridge Honey Farm offers a fascinating insight into every aspect of bees, honey and beekeeping. See the bees at work in a special glass observation hive, end products include beeswax healing ointments, luxury cosmetics and polish and of course you can try the delicious Chain Bridge Honey. Stunning murals. Vintage vehicle museum. Cafe in a vintage double decker bus. A walk to the nearby Union Chain Bridge is highly recommended.

THE UNION CHAIN BRIDGE
The Union Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans the River Tweed and in so doing it also spans the border between England and Scotland. A major restoration project is underway to conserve and raise awareness of this internationally significant bridge and celebrate its historical and engineering importance for its landmark 200th anniversary in 2020.

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(Just 16 miles from Blackadder Holiday Park, Greenlaw)

GUNSGREEN HOUSE
Eyemouth, TD14 5SDGunsgreen Housse Eyemouth

Built by local smuggler and merchant John Nisbet in the 1750s, Gunsgreen House was described in the eighteenth century as a ‘splendid palace built by a smuggler’.  See how Eyemouth was a hotbed of the smuggling trade and explore the vaulted cellars where he kept his goods, both honestly traded and otherwise! Uncover the hiding places built into the house, especially the Tea Chute. Kids can dress up, do the ‘rat trail’ and also follow the smuggling trail. Admire the beautiful setting overlooking the busy fishing harbour.

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(Just 21 miles from Blackadder Holiday Park, Greenlaw)

ST ABBS HEAD NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE
St Abbs, TD14 5QFSt-Abbs Lighthouse-copyright VisitScotland

Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. Explore this coastal haven for birdwatchers, nature lovers and walkers. See thousands of seabirds and be awed by the dramatic cliffs overlooking crystal-clear waters.

Enjoy the fresh sea air and epic views of this remote and wild cliff-top beauty spot. Discover the feathered residents at this ‘seabird city’ from spectacular vantage points.

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(Just 23 miles from Blackadder Holiday Park, Greenlaw)

THE JIM CLARK MOTORSPORT MUSEUM, Duns
44 Newtown Street, Duns , TD11 3BY

Jim Clark was Scotland’s first, and double, Formula One World Champion, Indy 500 winner and one of the greatest racing drivers of all time. The new Jim Clark Motorsport Museum is a-must for motor racing fans and anyone looking for a great day out. Celebrate his life and inspiring racing career with an interactive experience. Explore his incredible career within the motor racing world and his life beyond farming in the Scottish Borders. Discover Jim’s cars and trophies, watch him race in films from the time, while the simulator will allow you to jump into the driving seat.

see the website for details and Opening times
(Just 7 miles from Blackadder Holiday Park, Greenlaw)