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!



Sunday, 3 June and 24 June

Inspired by the horses of the local common ridings?

Harestanes will be giving visitors the chance to explore the country side on ponies over two Sunday's in June. 

The rides around the scenic Harestanes grounds will go for 30 minutes with the first rides starting at 10:00 and going through with the last ride at 16:00. The cost is £12 per ride, riding hats will be provided but riders are welcome to bring their own.

Please note; Two of the ponies can carry up to 51kg (Eight stone) while two others carry up to 77kg (12 stone).

For more information or to book your ride please contact the team at Harestanes on 01835 830 306.


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    

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.