The Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary

The Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary

The Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary
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  • Joseph
    116 contributions
    Visited at last!
    We had been meaning to visit here for years and have at last been! All booked online at £5 each. The young staff who were running the place were very friendly and helpful and clearly cared for the animals. We didn’t just see donkeys, but also ponies, pigs and mules. They also have llamas but they were out of sight as they had been misbehaving, so we were told! It was good to see people of all ages visiting. Being able to buy tubs of inexpensive feed was also a bonus as it meant the whole experience with the donkeys could be interactive. There is a small shop onsite. It’s also possible to adopt the donkeys. Well worth a visit.
    Written June 18, 2022
  • Stewart M
    Kilwinning, United Kingdom291 contributions
    Fantastic visit
    Fantastic visit. Staff very friendly and informative. Well worth a visit fun for all ages. More than just donkeys to see too ponies and pigs to name a few. Very reasonable entry fee and 50p for refil cup of feed is great value giving you a great hands on experience, only thing I would say it needs is better signposts to show you where in the sanctuary you can go as we only found other sections by wandering and seeing if was anything else round the corner or along the path, site is much bigger than expected and would definitely return.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2022
  • Karen D
    6 contributions
    These donkeys have really fallen on their feet!
    I have given 4 *'s as the surroundings & enclosures are great for the donkeys.They have so much room & attention & are well looked after! The visitor experience could be better, but we came across this place by chance, so if I had researched it beforehand, the experience may have been better. It is only open on Saturdays, has no sign posts leading you to it & not enough info once there.We couldn't find the pigs or chickens, & I was concerned about lack of running water to wash hands in covid times. (there is one sink in the gents)However, it is cheap to get in, feed for the donkeys is cheap, & the animals come first. Maybe that is as it should be.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2022
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Heather M
75 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
Absolutely loved our visit to the donkey sanctuary today. My mum and I both have adopted donkeys and had been looking forward to seeing the donkeys after the covid lockdown. The sanctuary is set in beautiful grounds, there is so much space for the donkeys. A special mention to staff member Jamie, who took time to take us to one of our adopted donkeys when we were unsure what paddock he was in. Jamie took the time to answer all our questions and it was obvious he really cares for the donkeys. He also let us know when the pigs were being fed so we made sure not to miss it. He's a credit to the sanctuary.
The donkeys are so well cared for here and we will definitely be back. You can donate carrots and we took apples from my mums tree for them. Absolutely fabulous place, thank you for all the work you do.
Written October 1, 2022
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mylenem465
Ulverston, UK6 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
There appeared to be no one about who actually knew anything about donkeys - health, nutrition etc. Volunteers abound - but know nothing.
We found overweight donkeys many of whom had serious foot problems. Too much kindness is not a good thing for donkeys who come from arid countries and deserts.
Written July 17, 2018
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PrettyUnicorn
28 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
You have to visit this place if you get the opportunity. It's home to over 90 rescued donkeys aswell as other animals. The sanctuary is now free admission but a donation is obviously appreciated. It's a very relaxed environment; you come in and just walk around. There's points to buy food if you want and you feed the animals using plastic pans which is great to avoid your fingers getting nibbled. The whole sanctuary is spread over 80 acres which is owned by a lovely lady who lives on site, who loves donkeys and rescuing animals- not all heroes wear capes! : )
Written May 7, 2018
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Hazel W
1 contribution
Nov 2019 • Solo
It is Christmas Eve and I am very disappointed. I paid to adopt a donkey for a family member as a Christmas gift in 28th November. It says on the website I would receive this in 10 days! On 16th December I emailed them to say I had not received anything. I was emailed back saying they had 700 adoptions to sort and all would be post on Wednesday which was 18th. Nothing has arrived! I emailed again yesterday and have not had a reply.
The website states they are closed until Saturday.
Written December 24, 2019
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68gilly
Stirling, UK43 contributions
May 2017 • Family
2nd time hubby and me have visited. 1st time with our 18 year old daughter. We had a fab day. All the donkeys have their own wee story some very sad and the staff ( who volunteer their time) are very happy to tell you about them! My hubby got me a sponsor donkey for my Christmas so I was delighted to see Seamus. It cost £3 for an adult to visit and have a guided tour around the estate. Biggest bonus though you get to feed the donkeys!! There's also llamas, chickens and horses. The grounds are lovely! There's also a wee gift shop. Well worth a visit!!!!
Written May 8, 2017
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KBSH_12
Ayr, UK27 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
The Donkey Sanctuary is well worth a visit. As well as donkeys there are goats, llamas, shetland ponies, mules, chickens and turkeys. Guided tours take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. The staff will take visitors around the sanctuary and visitors can pet and feed the animals. Staff are very knowledgable and informative of each individual animal, who have been rescued from abandonment or neglect or saved from the meat trade.
Donkeys (or the other animals) can be sponsored for £20 per year. There is an entry fee by suggested donation currently at £3, some people on my visit were not paying anything. This is such a worthwhile cause that entry should be a fixed payment at the shop, also most farm parks charge 50p-£1 for animal feed for the animals but the staff were handing it out free, they should charge a payment as all monies raised would help the animals. There was about 30 people on my visit and every little would help.
The staff are all volunteers and do a marvellous job.The sanctuary is on a lovely wee estate and its a very pleasant walk, not too far for children.
It was a lovely afternoon out and I will be giving a few donkey sponsorships as birthday and Christmas presents
Written July 29, 2015
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Molly's M
15 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
We loved our visit to the donkey sanctuary and it was great to be able to feed them too. You can adopt the donkeys which makes a really lovely gift. There's a small gift shop with some beautiful items I treat myself to a bag! We went as a couple but this would be a fantastic place to take the kids even on a rainy day.
Written September 9, 2020
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Anne B
Castletown, UK174 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Great first time visit. Fantastic that it is wheelchair accessible which made a huge difference to our visit. Donkeys are obviously the stars of the show but the knowledge shown by the staff was just as good. They really know their stuff and can accurately describe the characteristics of each donkey, where they came from, what brought them here etc.
Will definitely be back and this time bring the grandchildren.
Written May 27, 2019
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Lisa S
Lincolnshire, UK242 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Good for families and those into animals donkeys etc i went once with my fella for 1 hours. Spending few hours in st boswells town center i could see i wasnt welcomed at all they dont like the English i could tell they didnt i felt like an outcast. Spent 1 hours here at the donkey place. Its such a beautiful place but its the shame the locals dont like the English. They are not nice people i only came to st Boswells for the scenery nothing else.
Written February 12, 2019
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Laineyfaefife
Scotland, UK50 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
We sponsor one of the donkeys here, but this was our first opportunity to visit. It's only open to visitors Saturday and Sunday afternoons so when we arrived the car park was already busy. There is a self-tour system - you can convert cash into tokens and use these to buy donkey pellets at various locations around the farm. There are plenty volunteers on hand to ask about the donkeys and they were able to direct us to the field where 'our' donkey, Fudge was.
The donkeys are very friendly and gentle feeders. Some we hand-fed and others were fed from the bowls.
There's also ponies, pigs, mules and a horse.
The farm is a lot bigger than I expected and its a nice walk around to see everything. The donkeys have lots of space and lots of attentive volunteers who obviously look after them very well.
The shop is nice too, treated myself to a new mug, and our daughter got a hoodie which was very good quality.
Hope to be back and considering sponsoring more than one donkey next year.
Written August 5, 2017
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