Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping
Dark Ruberslaw, that lifts his head sublime, / Rugged and hoary with the wrecks of time; / On his broad misty front the giant wears / The horrid furrows of ten thousand years.
So wrote 18th-century naturalist and native son John Leyden, born in nearby Denholm village, of the imposing summit from which this magnificent Scottish Borders campsite takes its name. Pitching your tent on the slopes of the hill can't help but stir the poetic faculties. The Bailey family's sprawling 500 acres of unspoilt Borders upland is the perfect setting for contemplative campers with a love of the rolling, enchanting landscape of the Cheviot hills and healthy, varied wildlife.
The beauty of this site is the sheer variety of tailored pitches to cater to the whims of all campers – from the intrepid pitch-your-own wild campers and remote safari tents, to the more sociable atmosphere of the Edwardian Walled Garden. With caravans turned away at the gate, Ruberslaw Wild Woods is a veritable canvas-connoiseur's paradise.
For campers, the Edwardian Walled Garden exudes an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere. Seek out your spot on the terraced pitches, and mingle freely in The Hub, a large barn with seating area centred on a huge fireplace where guests can eat, socialise or find shelter if it rains (not uncommon in this part of the world at times). It's a great place to socialise with fellow campers but should you want a bit of 'you time', head to the Edwardian glasshouse in the vinery with a book and relax beside the wood-fired stove. For something a bit more active, have a go at croquet, boules, volley ball or garden jenga on the recreational lawn.
The facilities are more than adequate and kept pristine, with free hot showers, underfloor heating for the cooler months, free Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen, a small shop, and even a well considered boot-wash station.
If glamping attracts you, the safari tents hidden away in the woods are a must. Leave your car at The Hub and take only your food, toothbrush and a change of clothes – all the rest is provided. With a minimum separation of 300 metres between each pitch, you're unlikely to be kept awake by your neighbours.
One of the main draws to Ruberslaw is undoubtedly the surrounding wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels, owls, roe deer, foxes, elusive badgers and various birds of prey including buzzards, sparrow hawks, goshawks and perhaps even a honey buzzard. Then as you recline back at your chosen corner of this enchanting space, cooking up something delicious over the crackling flames of the fire bowls provided, you can see who won the game of animal i-spy in this most intriguing of Scottish regions.
FacilitiesMost tent sizes can be accommodated. The hillside pitches have a Thunderbox unit with water at the sink and a separate composting loo. Campfires are permitted on all pitches provided in the raised firebowls. A kit consisting of firebowl, logs, kindling and paper can be purchased from the reception for £6. Trolleys are provided for taking camping gear to the walled garden pitches. The Hub is a large under-cover seating area providing shelter for campers to gather. There are 4 clean showers with changing facilities and under-floor heating, separate male and female toilets with wash basins, and disabled and baby-changing facilities. The kitchen area comes fully-equipped with fridge, cooker, microwave, kettle, and 3 washing up sinks. Laundry facilities include a washing machine whirligig plus 2 boot washes. Safari Tents come fully equipped and feature: a double bed and bunk bed sleeping 2 (with duvets and all linen); a living area with dining table and chairs; a kitchen with all utensils; candle lighting, hurricane lamps and rechargeable electric lamps.
Tents, groups (at owner's discretion), DofE students and dogs (for a small charge and as long as they don't spook the hens!) – yes. Caravans, campervans & motorhomes – no.
The site is located at the foot of the famous Ruberslaw Hill – no visit to the region would complete without scaling it's breathtaking slopes. It also allows easy access to the Borders Abbeys Way – taking in Kelso, Jedburgh, Melrose and Dryburgh. The region also boasts several must-see castles and stately homes including Smailholm Tower, Floors Castle, Bowhill House and Abbotsford – the latter the onetime home of Sir Walter Scott.
Food & Drink
The neighbouring village of Denholm is 20-25 minutes walk over the hill (or 5 minutes drive for those in a hurry). Here you'll find two splendid pubs. The Fox and Hounds (01450 870247) dishes up some fine hearty pub grub while The Auld Cross Keys (01450 870305) has plenty of CAMRA-approved cask ales to enjoy on the large patio beer garden. There is also a coffee shop and an Italian style restaurant.
March - October. Please book in Advance.
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The Owner Says
The Scottish Borders has no other camp site like Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping. Our 500 acres of unspoilt upland is set in the heart of the new Teviot Valleys Special Landscape Area, giving official recognition to our wonderful landscapes.
Wild-camp on the slopes of Ruberslaw, Hide away in our woodland clearings, or Enjoy the seclusion and comforts of our walled garden, close to the hub around which it all revolves.
Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping is dedicated to people who love camping in tents. We offer:
* pitch-your-own in our Edwardian Walled Garden, with all Hub Facilities on hand
* Safari Tents allowing you to "glamp" in remote and wild woodland locations
* pitch-your-own individual pitches in remote and wild woodland locations
* group woodland camping pitch-your own
We look forward to seeing you!
Just off the A6908 near Denholm, or the A6088 at Bonchester Bridge. Just follow the Brown Tourism Signs.
Buses passing through Hawick or Jedburgh connect with a service to Denholm. If this connection is inconvenient, call 01450 870092 as the owner may be able to collect you.
ReviewsAdd Your Review
Rated ★★★★★ over 9 reviews
Lovely quiet comfortable campsite in a unique location
green, laid back and well equipped
Great experience with kids
Campfires in the woods
We have had a fabulous weeks camping up in the woods. We were lucky enough to have castle view to ourselves. It was very quiet and the wildlife was stunning. We were visited by a deer, a hare, red and grey squirrels, pheasants and many, many birds. We loved making a fire to sit around each night. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The location is beautiful and there is a lovely but tiring walk up Ruberslaw hill from the campsite.
A Lovely Stay
We stayed here at the beginning of August for 2 nights. Beautiful location. We were pitched on one of the large pitches close to the hub. Well kept facilities and friendly staff. The hub was fab, and the charging points were well used by everyone. Also very friendly chickens! Great for the kids, with plenty to explore, and occupy them. We'll definitely be back!
This was the first campsite we stayed at last week on a tour of Scotland, and it was streets ahead of all the others in terms of hospitality, cleanliness, and unique touches, such as giant jingo and the glasshouse. The staff were very friendly, and the hut with the open fireplace and the ample plug in points were a big billy-bonus. I will definitely be staying here again - I consider it the gold standard for how a campsite should be run. Well done Rubenslaw!
A friend and I stayed at Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping this weekend for Friday and Saturday nights. We were delighted with the entire experience from the moment we arrived to when we sadly had to head home.... wishing we could have stayed much longer!!
We stayed in the walled garden and were allocated a spacious pitch which was already set out with a mat for the door and the fire pit we had pre ordered.
The communal areas were great, best of all was the hub area which was very spacious and covered which allowed for outdoor seating even when the heavens opened! There were lovely fresh flowers on the picnic tables and the grounds were really beautiful.
It is great to see such a well thought out campsite really providing a brilliant experience in a beautiful part of the world. We will definitely be back for more!!
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