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Step into the real Scotland

Where the Tweed welcomes you to Scotland

Coldstream truly is a unique Border town, with the Tweed forming a natural boundry between Scotland and England, is there a more beautiful border?

Our stunning location set above the famous horseshoe of the River Tweed commands spectacular views south towards the Cheviot Hills. And within walking distance of our park, from its elevated position above the Tweed, Coldstream is a bustling little town that is lined with traditional shops, eateries, pubs and galleries where you will be assured of a warm Scottish welcome.

Lose yourself in the heart of the rolling border hills…

Just steps away from your holiday home walk back into an 18th century English garden on the Hirsel Country Estate. Tee off at the finest example of 18 hole parklands golf in Scotland or stroll from walled garden to lakeside taking in the magnificent flora and fauna that abounds. Fish for wild salmon on the most celebrated beats in Europe or watch how Ospreys land them. Cycle at your pace on the quiet Berwickshire roads, or seek an adrenaline rush on Innerleithens Red Bull mountain bike down-hill. Or if losing yourself is hoping for the ‘rub of the green‘ at Coldstream bowling club, there is always a game on.

Fishing on the Tweed

With no better a fishing experience in Scotland, no river in Europe more productive than the Eastern Borders. With the advice of knowledgeable ghillies, ‘ tight lines ‘ are likely.

The Tweed is one of the greatest Atlantic salmon rivers, with opportunities to fish on some of the legendary beats and pools around Coldstream via the Tweedbeats and Fishtweed websites (for salmon) and the Coldstream & District Angling Association (for trout).

The Park overlooks the river from its superb elevated position, and will therefore appeal to the lifestyle of the avid fisherman.

The Hirsel Golf Course

18 hole Parkland Course - A hidden gem

Tucked away on the edge of the idyllic Hirsel Estate, The Hirsel Golf Club is open for members and visiting golfers to enjoy. Founded in 1948, this magnificent 18 hole course is one of the finest examples of traditional parkland golf in Scotland and extends a warm welcome to visitors from far and near. The Hirsel’s Professional Shop has a wide selection of equipment, clothing and accessories, as well as some excellent offers on golf lessons and coaching deals. There are also some superb Visitor Golf Packages available.

Coldsream Bowling Club

Coldstream Bowling Club is situated centrally within the town. Affiliated to Bowls Scotland it has hosted many tournament finals including the Scottish National Team trials as a consequence of the quality of the green.

With the knowledge that the National Team has won more world championships than any other country, visiting bowlers and spectators are never far away from stepping in the footsteps of giants.

Lennel Tennis Club

Lennel Tennis Club is located in the Scottish Borders town of Coldstream. It has three all weather courts set within private grounds, junior and adult coaching, tennis leagues, social events and much more. All players are welcome.

Coldstream FC

Founder members of the East of Scotland Football League. Formed over 118 years ago, Coldstream Football Club is one of the oldest football clubs in Scotland, creating a prestigious history of which it can be proud. It was in 1895 that the 'Streamers' were formed and since then the club has always strived to improve, both on and off the pitch, in order to remain as one of the top sides in the Borders and East of Scotland set-up.

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Coldstream's past is closer than you imagine…

From the forming of the world–famous Coldstream Guards Regiment, to the site of the historic 1513 Battle at nearby Flodden Field, the famous bridge from which Robert Burns first set foot in England, to the imposing Waterloo Monument and the Marriage House which pre–dates Gretna Green.

The gateway to the Borders of old.

The Coldstream Guards

The founding town of the Coldstream Guards and the only town in the UK to be included in the name of a regiment.

Founded in 1650 it’s the oldest regiment in continuous existence in the British Army, and the fascinating story of this world-renowned regiment is ‘second to none‘ in the town's Guards museum.

Flodden Field

The Battle of Flodden in 1513 is said to be the battle that created the UK.

Visit the battlefield 3 miles from Coldstream at Branxton and view the monument at Tweed Green. Civic Week, includes a ‘ ride out ‘ to the honour of King James IV and others losing their lives.

Robert Burns

Scotland‘s national bard visited Coldstream in 1787, his first step onto English soil is commemorated with a plaque on the bridge and an interpretation board near Marjoribanks monument.

Old Marriage House

Coldstream ,the historic gateway to Scotland, enjoys a long tradition of couples coming here to get married.

At the Scottish end of the bridge stands the red roofed 18th century Old Marriage House, which rivalled Gretna Green for ‘irregular’ marriages, valid in Scots law.

Buildings, Bridges & Monuments

Walking over the bridge into Scotland, follow in the steps of the Stone of Destiny returning home from Westminster Abbey, passing Robert Burns stepping into England for the first time, all under the gaze of Charles Majoribanks looking down from his monument.

Reimagine how we lived across the centuries, across the classes. Gunsgreen House, the palace built by a smuggler with hideaways to uncover. Paxton House, in classical Palladian style, and the finest example in Britain. Maderstone House, the supreme county house of Edwardian Scotland, with domestic quarters linking up the only silver staircase in the world to opulent staterooms.

A rich vein of culture & scenery

The true gateway to the Borders opens on stepping out from your holiday home with stunning views from the park in the breathtaking Scottish air.

A short walk to the town or short drive to the coast and country, and an Aladdin’s cave of riches greets you.

Jim Clark Motor Sport Museum

Jump into the driving seat and experience the adrenaline rush of a 1960s double Formula One World Champion.

A must for motor racing fans, fascinating for anyone wanting to explore Formula One, the early years. Not far from his final resting place, his inspiring career in motor racing from a bygone era is brought to life with a combination of memorabilia and technology.

The Hirsel Centre for Arts & Crafts

A short walk from our park on the boundary with The Hirsel estate, the craft centre is spread over two courtyards in the beautiful 18th century landscaped parkland. Watch artisan craftsmen, inspired by the Borders landscape, at work. Along with a museum of country life, tearoom, and children's play area, there’s something for all the family. Walk through woodland, along lakeshore and riverbank to see highland cattle, kingfishers' fishing and swans in flight.

St. Abbs Head Nature Reserve

Birdwatchers, nature lovers and walkers will be in awe of thousands of seabirds in ‘seabird city ‘ perched on dramatic cliffs overlooking crystal-clear waters.

Take in the fresh sea air and epic views of the remote and wild cliff-top beauty spot.

Eating Out

Coldstream and the surrounding towns have eateries to suit everyone‘s taste. Restaurants, tearooms, hotels, pubs and takeaways all within walking distance of our park.

Take a short walk for a traditional afternoon tea in the 18th century landscaped parkland of The Hirsel Estate or freshly prepared bistro food in Hedgey ‘s at The Hirsel run by Head Chef Steve Lyall. Scottish Borders Fayre is sourced from local suppliers and the surrounding countryside, while spice-rich cuisine brings authentic Indian flavours to the high street.

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Our town is a wonderful base for ‘ walkers paradise ‘ with no less than 1500 miles on our doorstep.

St.Cuthbert’s Way, Border Abbey Way, The Berwickshire Coastal Path, Sir Walter Scott Way and Roman Heritage way to name but a few, take in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the lowlands.

Step into our community…

Coldstream’s calendar has events and activities for everyone, out on the rolling border hills in civic week or within its galleries and craft centres. A gateway to our community, and we want everyone to step in.

The British Legion

In the founding town of the Coldstream Guards, it is fitting Royal British Legion Scotland has a strong presence within the community.

Supporting veterans who are no longer part of the military family, they welcome visitors to be a part of their community. If you need a venue for a park social, with a licensed bar they would love to hear from you.

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Coldstream Civic Week

August brings the Border Commons Ridings and Festival to the area. Coldstream adds its own calendar to the festival with four ride-outs, culminating in spectacular scenes of 300 riders leaving the town and crossing the bridge to Flodden Field.

Along with a torchlight procession and sashing and unsashing ceremony the Border Common Ridings and Festival should not be missed.

The Coldstream Community Trust

At the hub of the community supported by, and supporting Coldstream in every imaginable way. Adrian and his team provide the base to host community events and develop regeneration within the town and the surrounding area.

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With our unique and special location, our rich and fascinating history, our world class activities, stunning scenery and an abundance of attractions within easy reach;

Coldstream has something for everyone to enjoy and discover.

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