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.


Elf and Wellbeing Sessions

Wednesday, 19 December

Get your friends together and come and join us at Harestanes on Wednesdays throughout December for our ‘Elf and Wellbeing Sessions.

Enjoy a delicious two course meal from our café, meet new people and take part in a Christmas inspired craft session.

On 5 December and 19 December we will serve lunch before participant’s head across to our neighbours at the Harestanes Glass Studio to create a selection of Christmas Tree decorations.
12 December will see people taking part creating wreaths, collected from foliage from around the Harestanes grounds.  

£25 will get you your two courses lunch and craft session included on any given day. Want to take part in multiple sessions? You can book in for two sessions for £45 or all three for £65.

To book your place please contact Harestanes on 01835 830306 between 10:00-17:00 Thursday through Sunday.

Menu options

Main Courses

Roast Turkey with stuffing, pigs in blankets, seasonal potatoes and vegetables

Rich slow cooked Beef in Beer with seasonal potatoes and vegetables

Vegetable Lasagne with salad and Garlic Bread


Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce

Raspberry and Cream Meringue Roulade

Traditional Sherry Trifle



Harestanes Countrside Visitor Centre,
Tel: 01835 830306    

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

Opening times

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. 

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

January, February, March
Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

April to October 
10:00-17:00 Daily

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.