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. 




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!


Santa's Harestanes Happening 2

Santa is back at Harestanes and he needs your help!

Bilberry the Elf is in charge again but things have gone horribly wrong in Santa's Christmas delivery office.

Can you help Bilberry and save Christmas? The whole family can join us on this festive quest.

Santa's Harestanes Happening 2 performances kick off on Saturday 17 November and will run with 170 performances up to Christmas Eve. 

For more information on the event or to book your performance, click HERE.


Santa’s Fun Run, Family Walk & Christmas Fair

Sunday 25 November, 2018

Santa’s Fun Run & Family Walk is back for a second year and this year we are adding to it with a Harestanes Christmas Fair.

Santa’s Fun Run is just over 5km through the Harestanes scenic winter wonderland. We also have a shorter Family Walk option (1.5km) which is a great way to stroll around the route decorated by local school children. 

Enjoy a walk or run through the beautiful woodland and then relax at the HARESTANES CHRISTMAS FAIR starting from 11:00 with local stall holders, food, crafts, mulled drinks and kid’s games.

A great way to kick off your family’s Christmas festivities. For more infomation on the event, click HERE.



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

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. 

Thursday to Sunday and Monday 24 December, Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 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.