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CLAY SHOOTING
Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Eildon Hills, in the heart of the Scottish Borders, Braidwood is ideally situated to cater for private groups or corporate entertainment needs. Only an hour south of Edinburgh and within easy reach of Glasgow, Carlisle and Newcastle escape to the country to take part in a truly 'country' sport. Individuals, syndicates or groups are welcome whatever the size.

Clay shooting is a fantastic leveller, needing no previous experience, and is ideal for team building events. It's a source of great entertainment and the inevitable competitive edge creeps in when teams shoot in mini events. All you've got to do is arrive in suitable outdoor clothing and we look after everything else.
The shooting itself is carefully arranged to make sure visitors have a safe and enjoyable time while trying out the sport. On the ground we have over 80 automatic traps simulating all types of game from driven grouse, high pheasants, and bolting rabbits to springing teal and crossing pigeons.
Great fun, and the source of much excitement are our simulated game days that give the full sensation of a live driven game shoot but using clay targets instead. Each package is designed to suit the particular client.
We don't make a fuss about safety but our experienced team make sure you relax and have a great time while always keeping you safe!
All shooting is supervised by experienced coaches with instruction available as required.

Go to Braidwood Clays website

GAME SHOOTING
Located in the heart of the Scottish Borders amidst some of the most beautiful countryside to be found anywhere in the United Kingdom, Ian @ The Borders Gunroom (01835 822 844) aims to provide its guns with a memorable day's game shooting in a relaxed and friendly environment.

RIDING
Horse riding or Pony Trekking is a great way to really experience the natural beauty of Scotland and the Scottish Borders. We can help arrange riding, trekking, hacking and trail riding on the forest bridle paths nearby.
Scottish Borders history is strongly linked with horses; Border Reivers, Common Ridings, point to point races. In fact there are more horses per head of population in the Borders than anywhere else in Scotland.
...the rolling hills of the Cheviots and Lammermuirs - The Borders is renowned for having some of the best horse riding country in Britain. The 57 mile Buccleuch Country Ride is the only one of its kind in Scotland and the rolling hills of the Cheviots and Lammermuirs provide wide open spaces, ideal for competent riders.
Borders Festival of the Horse 2008: A unique 11-day festival of equestrian events and activities throughout the Borders for riders and spectators. If it‘s equestrian action you are looking for, this is the festival for you! There are around 40 events to choose from.

RUGBY
Melrose Rugby Football Club, located in the town of Melrose in the Scottish Borders, is one of the most famous and oldest rugby clubs in the world. The club was formed in 1877 and was elected to full membership of the Scottish Rugby Union in 1880. The club have played at the Greenyards since the club's inception. Melrose is most famous as the host of the first ever rugby sevens tournament in 1883, the abbreviated game having been invented by Ned Haig, a local butcher. The first Melrose 7's was won by Melrose, beating local rivals Gala in the final during extra time. The Melrose 7's, played on the second Saturday in April every year, remains the most popular Scottish 7's tournament, regularly attracting crowds in excess of 10,000. In honour of the role of Melrose RFC in the creation of rugby sevens, the club was inducted along with Haig to the IRB Hall of Fame in 2008.[1]
Melrose has been a consistently successful club in the upper echelons of the Scottish game. They have provided 22 internationals including Craig Chalmers (57 caps) and Keith Robertson (44 caps). Jim Telfer is another famous player who went on to become one of the most successful coaches of the Scotland national rugby union team. He was also appointed Director of Rugby of the Scottish Rugby Union.
Melrose have won the Scottish 1st Division title 6 times (1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1997).

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SALMON FISHING
With the longest salmon season in the country and more fish caught than any other river in Britain, the River Tweed is world famous.

The River Tweed has always been internationally famous for its salmon fishing, with people coming from all over the world to fish it.
After three record breaking years, not only does Tweed catch more Atlantic salmon than any other river in the European Union, but it also now ranks among the very top salmon rivers in the world.

Kippilaw Estates location allows us to provide the best salmon fishing.

Local rivers in this area -
River Tweed
River Teviot
River Whiteadder
River Till

Permit costs per rod per day
Spring £30-£120
Summer £30-£50
Autumn £50-£900
Accompanied salmon fishing £50 per day (approx)
Tackle £35 per day

TROUT FISHING
Kippilaw Estates is delighted with our local fishing experts and gilliies to offer fishing for anyone of any ability, with no age minimum.
Tweed may be most famous for its salmon fishing, but it also has an excellent run of sea trout both in the summer and the autumn with some large specimens being taken.

In addition it has some excellent wild trout fishing and some good quality winter grayling fishing.

It does not have to cost the earth. Trout fishing on the river Tweed or loch Stillwater is £7.50 per day or £12.50 for 2 weeks.

Lessons can be organised if required (for the whole family)
Tackle is £25 per day

Go to Tweed Guide website


MOUNTAIN BIKING
Glentress and Innerleithen in the Tweed Valley have a massive reputation for some of the best mountain biking in the UK and beyond.
Glentress is probably the best biking centre in Britain, with brilliant trails of all grades, a top-notch cafe, a bike shop with bike hire, changing and showering facilities, and a great atmosphere.
Innerleithen, situated just a few miles south east of Glentress, is quite different from its better-known sister - away from the hustle and bustle, it's a venue for the more experienced rider.

Glentress the trails
For the beginner, the Skills Loop has differently graded sections to help you get started. Once you’re ready for the next step, the Blue Route offers ‘real’ mountain biking, but with none of the scary stuff found on the harder routes.
The Red Route boasts some fine singletrack climbs as well as massive, fast descents with jumps and berms in good measure.
The black-graded V trail provides an epic ride. It starts from the valley bottom, climbs to Dunslair Heights (600m) and is testing, steep and often on the gnarly side. Elevated North Shore wooden sections and rocky chutes add yet more challenge, and the final descent has a real sting in the tail.
Packed full of advanced level features, the extreme graded Freeride Park is an ideal spot for riders looking to push their skill levels, style it up, learn new tricks or just hang out and ride with friends. The Essentials trail in the park has been built with novice freeriders firmly in mind.
Glentress has several parking options and you can choose where to park depending on where you want to start and finish your ride. The trail head is at the Osprey car park.

Toilets, shower and changing facilities
There are showers, toilets and changing facilities by the Osprey car park. Showers cost £1 for 5 minutes.

Cafe / food and drink
The popular Hub cafe is right beside the trail head.

Bike shop and bike hire
On-site bike hire is available from the Hub bike shop by the trail head. Note that advanced booking is essential. Bike hire is also available in Peebles and in Innerleithen village.

Innerleithen the trails
Innerleithen is renowned for its downhill routes. There are currently four of them - all Bike Park Extreme grade - and an uplift service is sometimes available.
The black-graded Traquair XC route also starts and ends here. The long climb to the top of the Minch Moor (570m) leads to a fast descent, the rock garden at Plora Craig and a great freeride finish.

Parking
Car parking is available at the trail head.

GOLF
The Scottish Borders has some of the friendliest golf courses in Scotland and a great choice of 9 and 18 hole championship standard courses. Many participate in the Freedom of the Fairways Golf Passport offering great value to visitors.

Kippilaw with our local experts can organise any of your golf requirements. We are happy to book your tee off times for you. These are a few of the clubs which are very close to us, but there are many more to choose from.

Freedom of the Fairways is a golf pass that operates in the Scottish Borders from April until the end of October and is Scotland's Best Selling Golf Pass. The scheme is ideal for individuals or groups and provides golfers with different options for all ages. A three-day passport which is valid for up to six rounds on consecutive weekdays for a fixed fee of just £88 or a 5 day passport (valid for up to ten rounds) for £120. There are also Junior and Senior passes available.
Pass price
£88 - £120

Minto Golf Club
Minto is laid out through the aged groves of a woodland estate established many years ago. It's an excellent parkland course with fine arboreal specimens tucked away behind the village of Denholm and overlooked by the imposing Rubers Law.
The course plays over ambling, gentle slopes that are tree-lined for the first ten holes before opening out into wider plains at the 11th. The 4th is a difficult par three playing across the top of the course and onto level ground. Here, the course opens out and the main challenge is hitting the ball, should it be blowing, into a westerly wind.
Despite being built on the side of a hill, there are no steep climbs although the view from the 12th tee, on a hole they call Everest, can give rise to palpitations.

Week days: £27 - £30
Week-ends: £32 - £38
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Melrose Gof Club
Situated at the foot of the Eildon Hills, the course slopes mainly upwards for the first two holes. There are 11 tees, tree lined fairways and bunkers on eighth holes.
The fourth hole may appear easy at only 343-yards for a par four, but a sharp dogleg left that cannot be cut adds a little edge to this hole.
Similarly, the longest hole on the course, the par four eighth, has a sloping fairway that draws your ball towards the rough requiring careful drive placement. There are four bunkers on this hole.

Week days: £15 - £30
Week-ends: £15 - £30
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Roxburghe golf club
If you are in the mood for grand surroundings and a true test of championship golf then look no further than the Roxburghe in the Borders, a course favoured by Colin Montgomerie and the course record is held by Sergio Garcia at 66.
The Roxburghe is a 7, 111-yard championship golf course designed by Dave Thomas along the banks of the River Teviot.

Winter £35 per round per person
Summer £70 per round per person
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