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Beirhope Alpacas

· Kelso, Roxburgh, Ettrick And Lauderdale, Scotland
1 acre hosted by Lynne J.
8 tent pitches
Amazing views
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Best in Scotland: 1st place
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A small, off-grid campsite with alpacas in the historically rich southern Scottish borders

Back in 2016, Lynne Jobes went to a glamping show with the intention to buy some yurts. She wanted to set up a campsite on her smallholding in the Scottish southern borders but, to everyone’s surprise, she returned with alpacas. Since then, she and her team have been running Beirhope Alpaca Trekking, a lovely little business offering hikes into the surrounding landscape of the Cheviot Hills and the Kale Valley. Now, several years later, Beirhope has become a campsite and it’s finally possible to pitch up right next to the woolly Peruvians.

Set just slightly north of the Anglo-Scottish border and overlooked by the old Roman hill fort of Thowliestane Hill, campers can pitch a tent and have a campfire in the field adjacent to the alpaca paddock. Furthermore, to keep from scaring the alpacas, dogs are not allowed in the main part of the site but are welcome to stay with their owners on a separate pitch in a secluded oak and beech woodland closer to the barn. The barn houses the main reception area and is also where the facilities can be found. There’s a compost loo, hot water bucket shower, and honesty shop for essentials.

It’s not all about the alpacas, however. Beirhope offers the chance for guests to share in the owner’s passion for the landscape in which they find themselves. Indeed, a short walk along Dere Street, possibly Scotland’s oldest road and which runs past the campsite, leads to Thowliestane with its panoramic views taking in the Eildons and Peniel Heugh to the north and The Cheviot, The Schill and Hownam Law to the East. It’s not the Andes but it is wild and breathtaking in equal measure. And whether you have Lynne’s alpaca crew in tow or not, this really is a walker’s paradise. The classic Pennine Way route has its northern end in the tiny village of Kirk Yetholm a short distance away and the east-west trail, St Cuthbert’s Way, passes through the same place, bridging the English Scottish border.

Going slightly further afield will lead to the market town of Kelso, home of the magnificent Floors Castle, which lies on the confluence of the rivers Tweed and Teviot or the historic county town of Jedburgh, with its 12th-century abbey, both within a short driving distance of Beirhope.

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86 Ratings · 65 reviews
Owen W.recommends
July 19, 2024
Poppy's Pitch
The hose was very welcoming and explained the rules and layout of the pitch very clearly, absolutely fantastic and friendly atmosphere and a lovely night altogether. Will definitely be back!
Kate W.recommends
July 14, 2024
Phil's Patch
Gorgeous site with wonderful views, beautiful alpacas, great facilities and terrific hosts!
Georgie C.recommends
July 14, 2024
Poppy's Pitch
Such a calming and peaceful place. Great and dare I say, pretty amenities. The shower was amazing and such friendly hosts.
Christopher Y.recommends
July 13, 2024
Phil's Patch
Great as always - Lynne is a great host. As close to wild camping as you can get.
Bethany S.recommends
July 5, 2024
Sam's Super Pitch
A piece of serenity
Fantastic stay! Lovely host, amazing location and perfect pitch. A very special place that we will be recommending to everyone and will most certainly be returning to. Perfectly quiet, incredibly relaxing and everything you could want on your door step if what you are looking for is an escape from the hustle and bustle of life!
Alan S.recommends
July 1, 2024
Very friendly and helpful and the site is clean.The whole experience was very enjoyable and we will certainly be back
Kelso, Roxburgh, Ettrick And Lauderdale, Scotland, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Lynne J.

Joined in June 2021
From the host
Nestled in the heart of the Cheviot Hills, Beirhope boasts some of Scotland's most spectacular views. With alpaca walking activities, roman roads, hill forts and breathtaking night skies, this rural dog-friendly site is one of a kind. With eight wild camping pitches, you don't have to venture far for a little piece of magic. Beirhope provides all the space, freedom and alpacas you could possibly want.
Nearby attractions

The southern Scottish borders are steeped in a rich history, from ancient Roman roads and hill forts in the Cheviots to the abbeys, castles, and country estates around Kelso and Jedburgh. Situated on the north-western edge of Kelso is Floors Castle and Gardens (01573 223333). Built for the first Duke of Roxburghe in 1721 it’s more a country house than a castle and holds the title of being the largest inhabited house in Scotland. Take a tour of the castle itself or wander the impressive gardens and woodland grounds. Stunning Jedburgh Abbey (01835 863925) is just eight miles east of the campsite and sits right in the heart of Jedburgh town. An audio tour is available for this iconic piece of architecture built around 1138 for Augustinian canons and there is a cafe next door. Cessford Castle, a large 15th-century ruin about seven miles from Beirhope, is also well worth a visit.

Food and drink
There is a small shop at Beirhope Alpacas selling basic camping staples such as pasta, beans, long-life milk, etc. and there’s a hot drinks machine as well as some confectionery items. Lynne will have seasonal veg to sell from her garden, too, when it’s available. To eat out, try the Border Hotel (01573 420237) in Town Yetholm, nine miles north of the campsite, or Templehall Hotel (01573 440249) five miles north in Morebattle and home of the famous Temple Burger. These two hotels lie on the Pennine Way and St Cuthbert’s Way long-distance national trails respectively and are thus very popular with ramblers. Valley Meats (01573 440219) is the local butcher in Morebattle and comes highly recommended by campsite owner Lynne. In Kelso, 25 minutes away by car, there is a good selection of restaurants, cafes, and pubs. The Cobbles (01573 223548) is a modern gastropub with fine dining and locally brewed ale. If you go there to eat, be sure to pop next door afterward for a dessert at Becattelli Artisan Gelato (07866450426). For a good selection of vegan and vegetarian options try Cafe U (01573 225177) who also do custom coffees and sandwiches made with specialty bread.
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