Bowhill House and Country Estate

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Bowhill House and Country Estate


Bowhill has glorious gardens right on the edge of the wild. Admire stunning vistas across the Ettrick Valley and the upper loch when you stroll along the terraces beside the house. At Bowhill you can explore rose gardens, formal flower borders and rock gardens. In early summer, rhododendrons and azaleas splash wild lines of colour throughout the estate and carpets of bluebells bring seasonal colour to the woodland. Established hardwoods, many of which are specimen trees put on a year-round show with their spring and autumn colours, flowers and berries.

The sheer variety of habitats at Bowhill means you can expect to see all sorts of wildlife when you visit. Short-eared owls love to hunt on the high moors and mountain hares zip across the hillside heather. In the summer you can sit spellbound, as the haunting calls of curlew and the melodies of skylark fill the endless blue. Take a walk along the Yarrow Water and you may well see heron, grey wagtails, kingfishers and dippers out for a spot of lunch. That is if the boisterous otters haven’t scared all the fish away. In the mixed woodland and lochs around the house you may spot wintering goldeneye, coal tits, nuthatch and crossbill.  Keep a close eye out for red flashes in the forest – it may be an elusive red squirrel.

If you want to get more out of the walks, wildlife and woodlands of the estate, have a word with Bowhill’s onsite Rangers who keep an eagle eye on the grounds and provide a whole host of activities from woodland walks to educational visits.

Bowhill has many way marked walks and trails through a wide range of landscapes, visit their website for more details


Bowhill lies three miles west of Selkirk on the A708 Moffat/St Mary’s Loch Road.


3rd April to 30th September closed Tuesdays outwith school holidays

Entry fees apply

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Bowhill House and Country Estate
View from Bowhill House
Brown Hare, Stuart Scott Images
Barn Owl, Stuart Scott Images