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The Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary

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Well Worth A Visit - A Donkey Lovers Paradise

We spend an afternoon at the sanctuary and enjoyed every minute. The staff were welcoming and... read more

Reviewed July 6, 2019
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Amazing day out

We visited and had such a wonderful day. You get an option to donate 3 quid per person, and I... read more

Reviewed July 6, 2019
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The Holmes, Newtown St Boswells TD6 0EL, Scotland
+44 1835 823468
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All reviews feed the animals suggested donation well worth a visit lovely afternoon few hours beautiful animals lived closer wee gift shop car park children and adults all ages spend an afternoon guided tour highly recommend a visit lovely lady walk around enjoyable visit
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely family day out not expensive and great to feed the donkeys. Great walks but nothing to steep. Loads of donkeys all very keen for you to feed them!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank yvonnefa
Reviewed July 16, 2019

This place has limited opening hours so check before you set off. I also suggest you have some covered in outdoor shoes on as some of the tracks are a bit muddy. You can buy tokens from the little shop to buy food pellets for...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Anne S
Reviewed July 6, 2019

We spend an afternoon at the sanctuary and enjoyed every minute. The staff were welcoming and friendly and the donkeys were gorgeous - there are llamas, pigs and other animals too. Well worth the recommended donation of £3.00, and more.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Mozfan68
Reviewed July 6, 2019 via mobile

We visited and had such a wonderful day. You get an option to donate 3 quid per person, and I cannot understand anyone who wouldn't and then you can buy tokens for food to feed the animals. It's so much fun to spend time feeding...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank daisy_1scotland
Reviewed July 6, 2019 via mobile

Went here today had a fabulous afternoon with my two Adult daughters and our dog. (this place is very dog friendly even allowed in gift shop) From when we first arrived the staff were friendly and informative. Explaining what animals they had, and where we...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Victoria C
Reviewed June 20, 2019

Three of us (all adults) travelled from Lanark to the sanctuary yet again. It is a brilliant place to go on a nice day to feed the donkeys that are so well looked after and cared for. Acres of space, large fields and stable areas,...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank JTW7759
Reviewed May 27, 2019

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...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Anne B
Reviewed April 19, 2019 via mobile

Nice place to stop for an hour if passing. Lovely to see the donkeys and other animals being looked after. Some staff/volunteers don’t have very good people skills. We come here every year to drop our spare 10 pence and 20 pences off that we...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank wtm258
Reviewed April 7, 2019 via mobile

This is a lovely sanctuary were the animals have plenty space to roam and are very well looked after, it's plain to see. I've read some reviews on here talking about ailments of the donkeys but I think people should bear in mind that many...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank bethgale88
Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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June 24, 2018|
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Response from moggie294 | Reviewed this property |
Hi everyone, it’s great there, very welcoming and laid back. If you like you can take donations of carrots and polos and apples, I’m sure the staff will let you know if they’ve had their share that day. Just have a great... More
July 19, 2016|
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Response from gemmal193 | Reviewed this property |
Yes - I'm sure they allow dogs on a lead.