Borders Estate

Borders Estate was formed in September 2018 following the merger of the Eskdale & Liddesdale and Bowhill Estates.

Its 127,000 acres stretch from the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys in the Scottish Borders, running almost continuously into Dumfries and Galloway and to the England Scotland Border.


The forestry team on the Borders Estate maintain over 10,000 acres of commercial woodland supplemented by nearly 3,000 acres of amenity woodland. The harvested timber produces standard grade building and fencing timber, together with premium quality hardwood.

Additional planting is scheduled for 2018
Our farming operation rears cattle and sheep for the major supermarket chains as well as being home to a Freedom Foods accredited egg-laying enterprise. The Estate has recently invested in a deer farming operation, introducing 117 hinds.
In 2016 Borders Estate installed a 200kW anaerobic digester which turns manure and straw in to green electricity and heat which are used on the farm. In addition our free range egg operation is powered utilising 50kW of solar panels.

Near Langholm we submitted a planning application in March 2017 for a wind farm project which would see 12 wind turbines each rated at up to 4MW and up to 140m tip height. In August 2018 the application was turned down by Dumfries and Galloway Council, Buccleuch now has a period of time to decide whether they wish to appeal the decision.
The Borders Estate includes a wide portfolio of residential properties in stunning locations across the Estate. Ideally located close to major transport links the residential properties benefit from the tranquillity that comes from the setting and surrounding landscape whilst being accessible and well served.
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Tourism and Hospitality
Open to the public from April to September, Bowhill House and Country Estate is one of the Scottish Borders most popular visitor attractions. Visitors can join guided tours of the House on designated days throughout the season and view the famous Buccleuch Art Collection housed at Bowhill. The Collection includes paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, Canaletto, Reynolds and also boasts an unrivaled collection of miniatures.

Bowhill’s Minstrel Tearoom opens throughout the season, serving snacks and lunches using local produce, and is adjoined to a new soft play centre for young children. For older children, Bowhill’s Adventure Playground is located in the Estate’s woodland and combines activities such as a wire-slide and obstacle course with educational elements to inform children about the local wildlife and their habitat.

In 1989 Bowhill Estate’s old cold storage room was transformed into a 72-seat theatre which now hosts performances by theatre companies, poets and children’s performers. Bowhill also hosts weddings and private events and attracts filmmakers and photographers looking for a unique and stunning location.