Welcome to Harestanes

Situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders, Harestanes is a unique rural setting to unwind or an ideal base to explore the Teviot Valley.

Whether taking in the scenery on one of our walks, savouring a homebaked treat in our café, indulging in a little retail therapy or running around our play park – Harestanes offers something for everyone.




Our freshly homebaked scones, slices, delicious coffee and hot drinks have been complimented by our new menu with hearty dishes or fresh soup with artisan bread. Our ingredients are sourced locally, highlighting the quality produce and tastes the Borders has to offer. Dogs on leads are welcome in our 'Pooch's Corner', so come and enjoy a treat with your four-legged friend in our cafe before or after enjoying one of our walks. 




Harestanes offers some of the most beautiful walking trails in the Scottish Borders. Whether you’re after an energetic hike or a leisurely jaunt – we’re always happy to suggest a route that’ll suit you and your abilities.

Nearby, the summit of Peniel Heugh and the towering Waterloo Monument offers a stunning panorama. The monument was built to celebrate the Duke of Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo over 200 years ago. 





The play park at Harestanes is now open. As construction of the exciting new £342,000 play park is currently finished, the grand opening will take place this weekend. 

The upgrade is part of a £3.1million investment by Scottish Borders Council in new play parks, skate park, pump tracks and other outdoor community facilities across the Borders over the next four years.

CLICK HERE to see what the new Playpark will look like!

Ben Lamb, Facilities Manager for Live Borders will be a game-changer at Harestanes.

“The play park at Harestanes is a huge pull for families, with kids of all ages enjoying the outdoor play facilities and countryside views. A revamp is, however, long overdue and we are really excited about the plans which will offer around 50 pieces of innovative and durable play equipment,” Mr Lamb said.

“Plans include an all-inclusive sensory boardwalk and the region’s only wheelchair swing. The play park will create challenging, imaginative and educational play space that can be accessed and enjoyed by children of all ages and abilities.”


Are you looking for a unique gift? We curate our retail section seasonally, buying little and often, so we always have something new on offer. Harestanes is operated by the local charity Live Borders, and every penny you spend with us goes back into supporting active, creative and healthy communities in the Scottish Borders.


We plan exciting events all year round! Our big events include the Santa-themed Christmas adventures, wildlife walks, treasure hunts and of course – our annual Apple Day extravaganza. Keep your eye out to see what’s coming up next!



Harestanes Countrside Visitor Centre,
Tel: 01835 830306    

Find us on Facebook - https://goo.gl/EpD8C4

Opening times

April to October 
10:00-17:00 Daily

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

January, February, March
Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Harestanes holds a Gold award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme (www.green-business.co.uk) and is a 4 star VisitScotland attraction.

Disabled access

  • Most of the visitor centre is on the ground floor and is wheelchair-accessible (the first-floor games room is inaccessible).
  • There is paved parking at the main door (button press to open).
  • 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, 10 minutes’ walk from Harestanes. Visit Traveline Scotland for timetables.

If you would like further information on any aspect of Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, simply click here to email the team.