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The Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary

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Great for all ages

Very nice to walk round and see all the donkeys and other animals, which all looked very well cared... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2018
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Donkey Paradise

Wonderful donkey sanctuary set in over acres, so great walks weaving around the fields visiting the... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2018
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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The Holmes, Newtown St Boswells TD6 0EL, Scotland
+44 1835 823468
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All reviews suggested donation feed the animals every saturday shetland ponies lovely afternoon children and adults well worth a visit lived closer lovely home highly recommend a visit guided tour few hours wee gift shop lovely lady car park beautiful animals all ages
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Reviewed 25 September 2018

Very nice to walk round and see all the donkeys and other animals, which all looked very well cared for. We took 2 young children who loved to feed the donkeys with the special feed available at a reasonable price.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank originalnemo
Reviewed 18 September 2018

Wonderful donkey sanctuary set in over acres, so great walks weaving around the fields visiting the animals. Not just donkeys although there were nearly 100, they had horses, pigs, goats, guinea pigs and lamas. Wonderful and such a cheap entrance fee.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LynneR544
Reviewed 9 September 2018

We saw this from the road and had to go. What fun time. Wish we had thought of bringing some veggies from the store to feed guys. Beautiful walk and great photo opts. All adults here, but we had a great time.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Wanda J
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

Great place to stop off when travelling through the Borders. We were amazed at how many Donkeys they were caring for. At least 50. As well as having a couple of ugly Pigs. It’s a really big site to manage. It is well worth a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank P9500KIstevec
Reviewed 28 August 2018

A great place for a day out. So lovely to see the donkeys being so well cared for. What a wonderful place. Volunteers and staff were so firiendly. So many donkeys needing their help. A great place for children who can also feed the many...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mo S
Reviewed 17 July 2018

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...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 16 July 2018

Visited with my husband & had a wonderful visit. The donkey's (and other animals) are well cared for, the site is clean & tidy & the staff are very friendly. Lots of lovely Donkey cuddles! Highly recommend as a place to visit. Parking is limited...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Bernadette R
Reviewed 8 July 2018

We travelled from Glasgow as i have had a long love affair with donkeys and have been desperate to visit. Its so lovely to see these beautiful animals being cared for and given the attention they so deserve. You can buy food but we had...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank lynncarr2016
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Hi all Visited again yesterday for the 6 th year in a row The kids had a great time On a slightly negative side there’s very little chance of the kids finding there sponsored donkey as names etc are nearly non existent. Also as the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ctobbell
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

We visited here on a weekend away to Kelso. I love donkeys & was amazed at how many this Sanctuary have rescued. Set in lovely grounds & fields. Well done to this Sanctuary.

Date of experience: June 2018
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24 June 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
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Response from gemmal193 | Reviewed this property |
Yes - I'm sure they allow dogs on a lead.