GTBS Scotland gold
Where is your best local place to see the stars? It could be closer than you think… It will be somewhere a little away from direct streetlighting, with good sightlines that aren’t blocked by buildings or trees. 

Dark Sky Discovery

Green Activities in the Scottish Borders

There are plentiful walks all around the Scottish Borders, near to the hotel is the local Philiphaugh Estate featuring a range of walks. Harestanes is nearby with plenty of country side walks. For the more advanced walkers try the southern upland way, Three Brethern or The local Eildon Hills!

On the Berwickshire Coast, St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve is maintained by The National Trust and is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.  The waters from St Abbs to Eyemouth are a designated Marine Nature Reserve and afford some of the best diving in the UK.

There are four Border Abbeys: Kelso, Jedburgh, Melrose and Dryburgh although in ruins still evoke a strong sense of their former glory. Floors Castle in Kelso is the largest inhabited castle in Scotland.  The castle, grounds, gardens and restaurant are open Apr – Oct.

For the more adventurous the Tweed Valley Forests of Glentress and Innerleithen coupled with Newcastleton offer some of the best Mountain Biking in the UK and are all part of the 7stanes centres of mountain biking excellence.

Details of Cycle hire are available at the link below:

Cycle Hire


Throughout the hotel:

  • Low energy light bulbs are used.
  • Sensor lighting has been installed in public areas
  • Towels only changed when not on towel rail in bathroom, towels in bath or shower means change please.
  • All glass, cans, paper and cardboard are collected for recycling.
  • Old furniture donated to charity (where possible).
  • All printer cartridges/toners are recycled.
  • All batteries are recycled.
  • Use of electronic communications (email) before using print based (paper). 
  • We harvest rainwater for use in the hotel grounds. 
  • We have an electric car charging point on-site

As a guest we would ask you to help by:

  • Turning off any lights when not in use.
  • Turning off the TV instead of using the standby.
  • Turn down the heating if it is too hot.
  • Unplugging any electrical equipment when not in use.
  • Reusing your towels where possible.
Should you have any further suggestions, please let us know.

It's BEST when we look after our environment. Here at B​est Western P​lus Philipburn House Hotel we strive to be as green as possible and still meet our guests needs.  We believe our commitment to our guests and our dedication to be green can complement one another
Our key aims are :

To minimise the use of non-renewable and environmentally damaging resources. 
To maximise recycling including - glass, cans, paper and cardboard, batteries, print cartridges and toners. Surplus furniture is donated to charity where possible.
To increase awareness of environmental issues among staff and guests. 

Much of our food and garden waste is composted and reused withing the four acres of gardens.  We harvest rainwater for use in the grounds and gardens.
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded Gold grading under the Green Tourism Business Scheme.  For further information, please click here.


Borders Buses

Borders Railway
See some Nature whilst out and about?

Record it using the link below:

Nature Monitoring Chart

Non Native Species