We start the day with freshly baked doughnuts at Baba Budan. This coffee shop at The Arches on East Market Street is aptly named after the seventeenth-century Sufi famed for introducing coffee to the world. The team start work at 3am each morning baking doughnuts and creating new inventive fillings. We’ll pair up the doughnut of the day with locally roasted coffee before setting off on our adventure.
Escaping the city we’ll drive south through the Borders countryside until we stumble upon Sir Walter Scott’s favourite viewpoint…now known as Scott’s View. From high on the western side of Bemersyde Hill, we’ll look out over the River Tweed valley. Just as Scotland’s weather is ever-changing, so too is the view. Catch a glimpse of the triple-peaked Eilden Hill – home to local wizards and fairies!
Next, we cross the River Tweed via Drygrange Bridge. Built in 1780, it follows the Roman Route from Edinburgh to York and provides spectacular views of Leaderfoot Viaduct. The bridge is closed to traffic, so we’ll cross on foot stopping halfway to warm up with a traditional Hot Toddy crafted by your guide using locally sourced whisky.
Adventure awaits at John and Nicola’s family farm – Lanton Mill. They have everything you could wish for and more. The farm dates back to 1851 and is now home to Born in the Borders where you’ll find a brewery, gin distillery, cafe and farm shop serving up produce from across the Scottish Borders.
That’s not all – you’ll also find grass sledging and seasonal activities such as ice-skating. This really is from Farm to Table and Beyond. When we arrive you’ll enjoy an activity of your choice – grass sledging, ice skating or distillery & brewery tour. We’ll then meet for lunch and sample beer and gin made onsite. You’ll have time to pick up local delicacies from the farm shop before we leave.
Last but not least, we visit the award-winning Tempest Brewery. An extra special private tour and tasting awaits with head brewer and local lad, Andy. The small team at Tempest are led by husband and wife – Anikka and former chef, Gavin. Together they produce some of Scotland’s most adventurous beer. We recommend the Mexicake for a delicious mix of cocoa, vanilla and chilli! Stock up at the bottle shop before we set off back to Edinburgh.
Be prepared for spontaneous sing-alongs on the journey home – you’ll have control of the playlist. We’ll drop you off at a cosy pub near Waverley Station where you can carry on the evening with your new-found friends or head home for a well-deserved rest.