The Bowhill Estate

There are few lowland estates as impressive as Bowhill. Its 57,000 acres include the rolling hills and fertile valleys around the Ettrick and Yarrow Rivers, tributaries of the famous Tweed. This is the heart of the ancient Ettrick forest, historic hunting ground of the Kings of Scotland

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Agriculture
The Yarrow and Ettrick Valleys have been known as prime farmland for centuries, and our Estate sits at the heart of these. Our 9000 acres farming operation rears cattle and sheep for the major supermarket chains as well as being home to a freedom foods accredited egg laying enterprise. . Our Farm Manager Sion Williams was recently runner up in Farmers' Weekly's Farm Manager of the Year Award 2013.
Forestry
The extensive woodlands at Bowhill have been carefully managed for centuries and are characterised by significant diversity in species and age. Our Forestry team produce standard grade building and fencing timber and premium quality hardwood. Our team of experts at Bowhill also provide an outsourced consultancy service on all aspects of woodland management from woodland planting designs to digital mapping solutions and continuous cover planning.
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Tourism
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.

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Property
Bowhill Estate provides a variety of property for let including residential, farms and commercial properties spread over 57,000 acres.
Fishing
The Tweed is one of Scotland’s most famous fishing rivers, and one of its tributaries, the Ettrick Water, flows through the heart of this Estate. There are 12 miles of salmon and sea trout fishing across five beats, which take in 80 named pools. In addition, the well-stocked Bowhill Lower Loch offers boat fishing for brown and rainbow trout.