The miles of picturesque coastline along the Berwickshire and Northumberland coast are a paradise for birdwatchers, here’s just a small sample of what’s in the area:
The Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick overlooks the islands of the Firth of Forth and the sandy beaches of North Berwick. From there, you are able to control live interactive cameras on the islands and Bass Roc. You should be able to see gannets from February to October, puffins from April to July, seals and their fluffy white pups from October to December and if you are lucky, dolphins, porpoises and whales may be spotted throughout the year.
The Northumbrian Coast, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, houses the internationally important reserve at Lindisfarne and holds year round interest for the birdwatcher and the Farne islands offer fascinating boat trips from Seahouses in spring and summer.
The upland areas, especially the Ingram valley are of particular interest in spring and the higher altitude moorland of the Cheviot hills gives an opportunity to see buzzard, peregrine falcon and merlin as well as being home to breeding wading birds.
Enthusiasts will find a wealth of watersports including sea kayaking in the waters off Northumberland and the Scottish Border, or canoeing on the many inland rivers and lakes.
The Borough of Berwick upon Tweed is packed full of short routes from 6 to 23 miles long taking in most of the beautiful sights on offer in the area, while the 200 mile Coast and Castles Cycle Route links the estuaries of the Forth and the Tyne, passing along the coast and through the Tweed Valley into the Scottish Borders.
The crystal clear coastal waters at St Abbs and Eyemouth are home to spectacular marine life and underwater scenery. With over 80 wrecks to explore and fantastic shore dives, this is one of the top dive destinations in Europe. Diving around the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast is an exciting prospect with numerous wrecks littering the seabed and inquisitive grey seals for companions!
The nearby river Till is an excellent sea trout river, while the mighty river Tweed needs no introduction to anglers, with world famous salmon and sea trout fishing available from the beginning of February until the end of November. There are a number of lochs and stocked lakes within easy reach of the hotel stocked with rainbow trout and brown trout. Coarse fishing is also available in the area.
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Tillmouth Park can arrange the hire of all tackle and equipment to be delivered to the hotel awaiting your arrival. We also carry a small supply of lines, flies, etc. The hotel has a dedicated rod room for secure storage of your tackle and a freezer for use during your stay. Smoking and vac-packing can also be arranged for you.
Learn how to fly or just enjoy the view when you leave the ground with the Borders Gliding Club near Milfield.
Tillmouth Park is a perfect location for golfing enthusiasts sited centrally within the Borders with easy access to more than 20 courses. They range from a challenging links course at Goswick (Berwick upon Tweed) to a scenic championship course at the Roxburgh and a tranquil parkland setting at the Hirsel in Coldstream.
The hotel will be happy to make arrangements for your tee times and if equipment is needed we can hire this on your behalf with a little notice.
Whether you are a beginner requiring lessons or an experienced rider seeking a hilltop gallop, Kimmerston Riding Centre is able to match a horse to your needs. How about a gentle one hour ride along the banks of the river Till or a two hour ride over the bracken moors of the Cheviot hills? Alternatively you could travel to the famous Holy Island to ride across the sands, or brave a bare-back swim in the bracing North Sea!
This peaceful area holds opportunities for walkers of all types – from a simple stroll around the hotel grounds and riverside pathways or the major challenges of a coastal cliff walk or a hike in the Cheviot hills, the choice is yours to go near or as far as you wish.
Leaving from Berwick upon Tweed and Eyemouth, boat fishing trips are available for small parties.
Situated on the Scottish Border in North Northumberland, Tillmouth Park is surrounded by rich countryside and private estates varying from arable farmland and woodlands to upland moors. This offers great diversity and the following game and game birds are available: partridge, pheasant, grouse, wildfowl, roe deer and red deer.
Our local sporting agents offer days involving any of the above and we will be very pleased to tailor-make any package to your liking.
With our vast experience, let us take care of all your transport requirements from the airport or train station and whilst out in the field and we will take care of your total comfort and privacy in a superb country house environment.
For a professional clay shooting layout we are happy to recommend Braidwood Sporting Clays and Bywell Shooting Ground, both within easy reach of Tillmouth Park.
We can also arrange for laser clay pigeon shooting within the grounds.