Explore The Borders

Why not start with Peebles?

Only a short distance from West Linton (8.7miles), it is certainly no ordinary town with its spectacular scenery, shopping, cafés, charity shops and a reuse cabin, as well as events and outdoors activities to keep you entertained all year long. You wouldn’t be the first to feel inspired by the artsy town with many notable residents including John Buchan the Scottish novelist choosing to make their home here.


Edinburgh is Scotland’s compact, hilly capital and the is 12 miles from our site. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park. 

Edinburgh mesmerizes, transfixes and seduces visitors with it exhilarating atmosphere and scenic beauty. The capital is intimately entwined with the surrounding natural landscape, with buildings topping the rocky hills perched over the sea and monuments overshadowed by stunning cliffs.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the single greatest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. For three weeks in August, the city of Edinburgh welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe. Artists and performers take to hundreds of stages all over the city to present shows for every taste

Dawyck Botanic Garden

Dawyck Botanic Garden is 12 miles from our site and is a five star garden renowned for its seasonal displays of snowdrops, bluebells, rhododendrons, azaleas, blue poppies and autumn colour.

Located in the hills of the Scottish Borders, 65-acre Dawyck houses plants from the mountainous regions of Europe, China, Nepal, Japan and North America.

Dawyck offers woodland and burnside walks, themed tree trails and visitors can follow the adventures of plant explorers such as David Douglas, after whom the Douglas fir is named.

West Linton Golf CLub

Just a 15 minute drive down the A701 from Whim, this stunning golf course is situated above the picturesque conservation village of West Linton, away from the traffic.

Designed by James Braid, the course boasts wonderful views of the Scottish Border countryside with the hills of Upper Tweeddale to the south, Mendick Hill to the south west and the Pentland Hills to the north. In addition to the breath taking scenery there is an abundance of wildlife; including red grouse, hares, owls and curlews.

If golf isn’t your chosen sport, the beautiful course also offers a muddy free and picturesque walk around its perimeter. All other recommended local walks, including the Pentlands can be found in your pod.

Deer Park (on our door step)

Originally called Blair bog, the Whim Estate was purchased circa 1730 by Archibald Earl of Islay who afterwards became the 3rd Duke of Argyll. The dwelling house on the estate, Whim Hall, was erected 1731-34. It is set amidst 20 acres of striking country woodland in the Scottish Borders. There are a few surprises en route too with an underground ice bunker, traditional dry walling and the beautiful Whim Pond which can be seen on the approach to the pods, but is not accessible to guest.