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 café has been refurbished and was relaunched in March 2018. 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. 


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. 


For little ones who have lots in common with our mischievous little hare character, there’s a play park, and picnic benches offer the perfect setting for grown-ups to relax.


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!



Tuesday August 7 & August 14

10:00 – 16:00

12 places available each day (two people per pony). 

Cost is £60 per person and that will include a packed café lunch with a sandwich (ham, cheese or jam), packet of crisps, carton of juice or water, tray bake and fruit. 

Minimum age is 8 so that child does not have to be accompanied by an adult, adults welcome to participate.

Participants will take their pony through grooming, plaiting, tacking up, leading, riding, games, obstacle course, lesson and a mini show.

The event will be run by Eat Sleep Ride CIC, a registered community interest company, licensed riding school and trekking centre. More information here - http://eatsleeprides.org/

All safety equipment will be provided, but people are welcome to bring their own. Participants are to bring appropriate clothing for all weather and a change of clothes.

Please call 01835 830306 to reserve your place. Booking form can be found in downloads section.  



Sunday, September 2

Join us for what will be an amazing day of food, drink and live entertainment.

BBQ, BAR and Live Music promises to be an event not to be missed in the Harestanes Courtyard.

Harestanes has partnered with Sound Cycle for the event that will bring some of the Borders best young musicians together.

Acts included so far include:
- Eryn Rae and Scott Turnbull
- Hinks
- Erin Highton
- Metropolis

More information on the event can be found here - https://goo.gl/9AxvNv


Anthony Cawthorne - Recent Paintings Exhibition

Saturday August 18 to Wednesday October 3, 2018

Open 10:00-17:00 daily in the Gallery

Scottish Borders-based artist and tutor Anthony Cawthorne showcases painting in oil, acrylic, drawing and mixed media.
Paintings inspired by the wilder natural landscape, urban textures and their abstractions.


Our Visitor Information Leaflet

Have a peek at our information leaflet in the window below. You can also download this information from the downloads panel. 


Harestanes Countrside Visitor Centre,
Tel: 01835 830306    

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

Opening times

26 March -31 October
10:00-17:00 daily

Friday, Saturday, Sunday. 

Thursday to Sunday and Monday 24 December

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.