Activities to enjoy while staying at the Allanton Inn

Check out the Scotland Starts Here app for more detailed information of our beautiful Borders and activites that are availble. But here are a few of our suggestions.


We can recommend two popular local routes from our own doorstep – The Blackadder Loop (4 miles) & The Whiteadder Walk (5 miles), the routes of which are available from the inn.  There are many other well-established walking routes in the area too, and slightly further afield we can recommend the following;

  • Berwickshire Coastal Path
  • Southern Upland Way
  • St Cuthbert’s Way
  • St Abb’s Head
  • Walking in the Cheviot and Lammermuir Hills
  • Northumbria Coastal Paths
  • Pilgrims Walk across to Holy Island


The quiet country lanes of the Borders and open countryside make driving a delight. Its no wonder that there have been many racing drivers from the Borders make a name for themselves, such as Jim Clark, Andrew Cowan, Lousie Aitken Walker, Garry Pearson & Euan Thorburn !

To learn about the history of the Borders as you drive we can recommend downloading one or all of the four Virtual Audio Tours Guides from Reivers Roads (The Hume Trail comes via Allanton).

Across the border on the English side, you may be interested in the new established road trip Northumberland 250 which comes to the border 5 miles from us at Norham.


The Allanton Inn is in a central position of the Borders which boasts a variety of golf courses. The parkland golf courses at Coldstream (The Hirsel) and at Duns are a short drive away. Eyemouth Golf Course overlooks the North Sea and is 15 minutes drive. At Kelso there is the course on the Duke of Roxburgh Estate. The golf course at Goswick, South of Berwick is a magnificent links course used as a qualifying course for the British open.

Horse racing & riding

Racing at Kelso is 25 minutes away and meetings there can be found on the Kelso Races website, and the Eat, Sleep Ride riding school is just along the road in Eyemouth.

Diving and surfing

Some of the best UK sub 30m diving can be found at St Abbs Head and off the Berwickshire Coast where there lie several shipwrecks to explore.

Surfing is available at the popular beach of Coldingham Bay.


The lovely rolling landscape of the Scottish Borders makes it a perfect area to explore by bike. There are many signposted routes such as The Border Loop, the 4 Abbeys Cycle Route & the Tweed Cycle Way. 

The newly launched Kirkpatrick Coast to Coast is a 250 mile on road route from Kirkpatrick on the west coast to Eyemouth on the east coast following National Cycle Routes 1, 7 & 73.  The Explorer version of the route passes just a mile from our door.  The route celebrates Scotlands rich history of innovation & the South’s key role in the creation of the bike.

Cycling is an enjoyable way to see the Scottish Borders and with railway stations in the east (Reston/Berwick)& central Borders (Tweedbank/Galashiels), it is easy to travel from one end to the other and then onwards.

We have some outside storage for bikes at The Allanton Inn.  Electric Bikes can be hired from Border Bikes.

Below are some routes than can be enjoyed just a few miles from Allanton.


The river Whiteadder is two minutes’ walk from the Allanton Inn and offers splendid fishing for salmon, sea trout and brown trout also. We sell day permits for fishing trout and salmon on the Whiteadder here at the Allanton Inn. The famous river Tweed is 5 miles away, always offering fabulous salmon & trout fishing in beautiful scenery.

We have a heated outdoor store that can be used for drying equipment or clothing.

Eating & Drinking

We offer a changing menu of fresh, local, seasonal food, served in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The well-stocked bar includes real ales and an interesting selection of fine quality wines.

Best Eating Experience 2023 Winner

Best Eating Expierce 2023 Winner

The Allanton Inn has won, and retained, numerous different awards, mostly recently being honoured with a Visit Scotland Scottish Thistle Award for Best Eating Experince in the South of Scotland, October 2023.

Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards - Highly Commended

Why book direct?

  • We are always cheaper than OTAs including, Expedia, TripAdvisor &
  • Free early check in when available
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Parking
  • Great Breakfast Included
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"I stayed here on and off for a month due to work commitments. The Allanton Inn is a lovely old coaching inn that had been turned into a fantastic pub/restaurant with rooms. The staff really friendly, the food great (wait till you have breakfast!!!! Nom Nom Nom....),furnished in a traditional manner, great atmosphere."

Gavin Hosie

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