Halloween treats for all


Visitors with a love of things that go bump in the night will not be short of options this Halloween as three of the Tweed Valley’s top attractions go all spooky. 

As Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, it’s no surprise that Traquair has a few spirits and spooks to reveal. On Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October, there’s a chance to experience this wonderful old house like never before on a ghostly guided tour that tells all about its past inhabitants, and how the family survived supporting the Jacobite cause. Tours take roughly an hour, with a special Halloween supper at Traquair’s 1745 Cottage Restaurant also on offer.

Then, on Sunday 29th October, Traquair will once again open its doors for is ever-popular Halloween Family Fun Day. This year’s event includes magic shows with Quantum Magic, creepy crawly animal handling sessions, the famous Spooky Passage Experience, plus tarot readings, ghost stories in the woods, a witches and wizards workshop, spooky face painting and traditional Halloween games.

Elsewhere, at Bowhill, the Borders country seat of the Buccleuch family, the estate is offering both Halloween ghost walks in its impressive grounds on 27 & 28 October, plus a very special Halloween Zombie Jog on 28 October – a 5k or one mile Halloween-themed run around the estate. Dressing up is most definitely encouraged!

Meanwhile, at majestic Abbotsford (pictured), the home of Sir Walter Scott invites all for a Halloween dinner at its lovely Ochiltrees Restaurant on Sat 28 October. Scott was enthralled by the darker aspects of Scotland’s history – a fascination that will be clear for all to see at this spooky dinner. The dinner includes everything from toffee apples to scary cocktails, with diners of all ages asked to come dressed in their very best Scotty Horror Style. 

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