Scottish Borders Council

Harestanes countryside visitor centre

Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre

Address: Ancrum

Tel: 01835 830306

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Set in beautiful countryside near Jedburgh and with a great outdoor play park, there's plenty to do at Harestanes, whatever the weather. From woodland walks to events and exhibitions there's always something new to discover. Take a look at some images of Harestanes.

Opening times 2015

  • Open 10am - 5pm daily from Wednesday 1 April - Saturday 31 October 2015
  • Admission is free
  • Access routes and neighbouring craft businesses are open all year

Crafts businesses at Harestanes operate separately from the visitor centre and their opening times may differ.


There's plenty to do at Harestanes, whatever the weather.

Events and exhibitions

Download our 2015 events brochure.

Copies are also available to pick up at libraries, museums and tourist information centres.

Walking and cycling

Discover the local countryside on foot and by bike. Harestanes is on St Cuthbert's Way, one of the country's most popular long-distance paths, just a day's walk from Melrose.

A network of quiet public roads provides a choice of options for cyclists, including the 4 Abbeys Route.

Planning a group visit, meeting or birthday party?

Hire our spacious courtyard room for meetings, training events, parties and group visits. Assistance available for school and nursery classes. Download an information sheet for details.


Free public wifi now available. Please ask for the password at Reception during opening hours.


Savour the delicious taste of freshly-ground FairTrade coffee and enjoy scones and delicious traybakes in our lovely café.

Disabled access

  • Most of the visitor centre is on the ground floor and is wheelchair-accessible (only the first floor games room is not accessible).
  • There is paved parking at the main door (button press to open).
  • A courtesy wheelchair is available for indoor use.
  • There is an induction loop for hearing-aid users in the Gallery.

Travel by bus

The nearest request stop for buses is the A68 / B6400 junction, 15 minutes' walk from Harestanes. Visit TravelineScotland for timetables.


Scottish Borders Council

Council Headquarters Newtown St. Boswells Melrose TD6 0SA

Tel: 0300 100 1800


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