Plan Your Visit

Our Opening Times

The Donkey Sanctuary is currently closed to visitors, but we'll be throwing open the doors again on 9th March, in time for Mother's Day.

Our Facilities

Located at the 80 acre estate – The Holmes, St.Boswells, near Melrose, in The Scottish Borders – the animals fortunate in having been re-homed here, are accommodated in small groups in well-fenced and watered paddocks of permanent pasture, each with a field shelter.

There is a handsome Edwardian stone built stable block consisting of loose boxes, stalls, tack room and washing facilities round a cobbled yard. The estate has an ambience of its own – the beautiful views over the River Tweed and the tree-lined driveways are breathtaking whatever the season of the year.


Along with the donkeys there are ponies, llamas, goats, pigs, sheep, ducks and many breeds of poultry and a mule called Muffin.

There are toilets on site for your convenience and don’t forget to visit the shop before you go for a souvenir gift!

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