Things To Do


Although Duns is a small town, it boasts two castles - Duns Castle and Wedderburn Castle.  There are several walks around the Duns Castle Estate and Hen Poo Lake as it is known locally.  The castle is not open to the public, but can be hired for functions.



Duns is home to the Jim Clark Museum and the Jim Clark Memorial Rally which is run on closed roads, usually around the end of May/early June.  In the first week of July, we have our local summer festival, Reiver's Week, which celebrates various aspects of old customs of the Borders including Riding the Bounds.

Leisure facilities in the town include a bowling green, swimming pool, park and 18 hole golf course as well as a driving range with a kids indoor play area.  There are several other golf courses within easy reach, including Eyemouth, Kelso, Coldstream and Goswick.

For the fisherman, temporary licences can be obtained in Duns for local rivers and the Watchwater reservoir.  You can go sea fishing from Eyemouth or St Abbs.




               Kelso Abbey                                                Berwick Walls

There are four Borders Abbeys founded by King David the First which are all easily reached from Duns.  The abbeys are located at Kelso, Dryburgh, Melrose and Jedburgh.

The Border Country is a walkers and a cyclists paradise with many quiet country lanes.  The Pennine Way finishes 25 miles away and the Southern Upland Way passes within 10 miles.  The St Cuthbert's Walk finishes at Holy Island, near Berwick.  Holy Island is cut-off by the tide and is accessible only via a causeway, so any visitors must check the tide times before setting off.

There are beaches within easy reach at Berwick upon Tweed, Eyemouth and Coldingham.  Close to Coldingham is the St Abbs Nature Reserve which also has many coastal walks.  In St Abbs village there is a diving centre with local instructors.

Edinburgh with all it's attractions is also only 50 miles away.