Cosy Winter Visitor Spots in the Scottish Borders

  • Afternoon tea
  • Bookshops
  • Whisky tours
  • Luxury hot chocolate
  • Crackling fireplaces

The best thing about winter in the Borders is that it's a chance to 'coorie up' with the one you love. In other words, get warm, cosy and toasty while enjoying great food, a flickering fire and maybe even a cheeky wee drink.

But where should you go for a bit of coorie magic? From afternoon tea to a warming dram, we've put together our favourite cosy visitor spots in the region...

Tuck into afternoon tea
Treating yourself to at least one proper afternoon tea is essential Scottish self-care in winter. On days when the weather is dreich and drear, nothing restores the spirits like a decent brew and freshly baked scones.

Born in the Borders in Jedburgh offers a fresh afternoon tea made totally from scratch. Or you could head to Floors Castle, which has a charming tearoom with lots of tempting home-baked cakes on display. Or what about Coltman's Delicatessen in Peebles, which is housed in an atmospheric 18th century building with a real log fire?

Afternoon tea is Scottish self-careAfternoon tea is Scottish self-careImage by Alysa Tarrant

Browse for the perfect book
When it's chilly outside, nothing quite beats getting lost in the aisles of a good bookstore. The Borders has quite a few choices, meaning you can find a cracking read to curl up with on a snowy night.

Based in Selkirk's old courthouse, The Forest Bookstore is an independent outlet with a great range of new and secondhand titles, as well as its own small gallery. Or why not head to the award-winning Mainstreet Trading bookstore in the village of St. Boswells, which also has a café, deli, gifts and antiques?

Find that ideal winter readFind that ideal winter readImage by Leslie Holder

Sample a dram
A cheeky wee nip of whisky can be just the thing to warm you up in winter, so why not treat yourself to a tour of the The Borders Distillery in Hawick? Founded in 1837, it was the very first of its kind in the region.

On a visit, you can sample a dram of both Clan Fraser and Lower East Side whiskies, as well as William Kerr's Borders Gin. Your tour will take around 40 minutes and you'll leave having learned a lot more about the 'water of life'.

A splash of fire water will warm you upA splash of fire water will warm you upImage by Claus Grunstaudl

Indulge in a deluxe hot chocolate
A rich, silky hot chocolate is always a cheering treat, so why not hunt down the most luxurious one that you can find? Cocoa Black Chocolate Boutique in Peebles is run by first class chocolatier, Ruth Hinks, who certainly knows her stuff. This means that the hot chocolate served in the cafe is sure to be super decadent.

Or if you fancy taking a Christmas shopping trip to Edinburgh, then make sure to stop off at Hotel Chocolat Café on Frederick Street. There you can jazz up your deluxe drink with mint, vanilla, salted caramel or, if you're brave, chilli.

Chocolate makes the world go aroundChocolate makes the world go aroundImage by Anna Onishchuk

Find a crackling fireplace
Dreaming of sipping a glass of wine in front of a rustic and roaring fire while the snow falls down outside? The Borders is filled with traditional old pubs where you can do just that.

A real gem is the Traquair Arms in Innerleithen, which is exactly the historic, atmospheric, stonewalled inn that you've been looking for. Offering its very own micro-brewed Traquair House Ale, it also serves up hearty meals too.

You'll find a warm fire at the Traquair Arms You'll find a warm fire at the Traquair Arms Image by Dauntless 111

Has all of this put you in the mood for a cosy and romantic winter glamping trip to the Scottish Borders? Then take a look at our lovely little Rowan pod in Oxton (it even has its own hot tub).

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