The Allanton Inn

By Duns, Scottish Borders

A homespun inn with irresistible prices in a tiny village deep in the country - the river Tweed is close, fishing can be arranged


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


Allanton, population 100. Welcome to the sleepy back of beyond, an untouched corner of the rural idyll that most people skip on their rush north. Well, there’s no rush here, just patchwork fields, rolling hills and the river Tweed pottering off to the coast. As for this cute little inn, it’s a great base from which to explore. The style is charming, the locals friendly, the prices lovely, the food a treat. It sits on the only street in town with a garden that backs onto open country; in summer you can have lunch in the sun while watching the farmer plough his fields. Inside, home-spun interiors have colour and style. There’s an open-plan feel, the airy bar flowing into a half-panelled restaurant. You’ll find a smouldering fire, fresh flowers, good art, local ales. Rooms have an easy style: padded bedheads, good bathrooms, Farrow & Ball colours. A couple are big, those at the back have the view. Super local food waits downstairs, perhaps an Eyemouth fish platter, rump of local lamb, lavender and raspberry brûlée. There’s local honeycomb at breakfast, too. You can fish, walk, play a bit of golf. Perfect.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £6.75. Dinner, 3 courses, £25-£35. Sunday lunch from £12.50.


Nightly price
from £85
Singles from £70.
2 Twin/doubles
From £90
3 Doubles
From £85
1 Family room for 4
From £110


Friendly welcome. Excellent food. Comfortable room.

Robert, Glasgow

All round was excellent- staff, bedroom with good shower, food- dinner, and breakfast as described in website(home made seasonal jams). Good location for Borders.

Syl, Ayr

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from William & Katerina Reynolds

  • You can fish the local River Whiteadder, but through the family farm, the inn can offer 3 rods on the River Tweed at the Boathouse in Norham, located just 5 miles from the hotel.
  • There are several well established walking routes in the area, some of which are coastal trails offering breathtaking views of the East Coast.
  • There’s great golf in Borders - Eyemouth and the Roxburghe are fantastic courses and discounts for guests can be arranged for Duns & Hirsel
  • The lovely rolling landscape of the Scottish Borders makes it a perfect area to explore by bike. There are many sign-posted routes such as The Border Loop, the 4 Abbeys Cycle Route & the Tweed Cycle Way.
  • Local stables offer good facilities for riders of all standards. Mill House Stables near Chirnside is a BHS approved riding school and racing at Kelso is 25 minutes away.
  • The Scottish Borders has an variety of country houses and castles all close to the inn and worth a visit.