Rubersview Shepherds Huts

UK Scotland South Scotland Scottish Borders

  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
tonking views and peaceful privacy. This is a perfect hideaway for two in the Teviot valley, whatever the season.
Across the valley from this romantic shepherd’s hideaway, tucked in the mature grounds of a Scottish garden, you can’t help but be struck by Ruberslaw. The conical hill is anything but hidden. From the window of the shepherd’s hut it stands tall amid its green, agricultural surroundings. It’s hard to imagine that some 330 million years ago it was an erupting volcano. Today Ruberslaw’s rocky top is all that remains of an old volcanic vent and you can hike to the top to enjoy the views. Not that you need go that far to enjoy the valley scenery.

In the tiny hamlet of Minto, aptly named Rubersview Shepherds Hut has a prime spot for gazing down the Teviot valley. Below the tiered lawns of a countryside house, the hut is in a private space but with a great outdoor area where you can soak up the views, kick back on the deck or swing on an old wooden swing that hangs from a huge ash tree. Inside, the hut has homely, rural furnishings, with a wooden kitchen worktop, an antique-style table and chairs, a wood burner and even a wicker and canvas satchel for collected foraged berries should you find any. A lean-to outside the hut also lets you stroll in shelter to the adjacent cabin where there is a spacious toilet and shower room – the all-wood interior nicely echoes the style of the shepherd’s hut itself.

One of the nice things about Rubersview Shepherds Hut is the small, personal scale of the place. With just the one hut to look after, it has allowed time for owner Rob Armstrong to give some real attention to detail. From the historic 1900s photo of local shepherd Jack Turnbull that hangs above the wood-burning stove and free supply of logs, everything is finished to a tee. The only thing he can’t control is the weather.

When the suns out, it’s the local footpaths that seem most appealing. Head down to the river (good for fishing) or hike up Ruberslaw using an OS map to make a suitable loop. The glamping site is handily located next door to the church with a tall, traditional, stone tower, so its always quite easy to locate from the map. And if the weather’s bad? You can hole yourself away in one of the local pubs or simply set up shop inside the cosy little shepherd’s hut. Listening to the rain tinkle on the corrugated roof while the wood-burner roars is one of life’s simple pleasures.



The hut is furnished with a fitted bed (towels and bedding provided) and a kitchen area with an oven, kettle, toaster, gas hob and sink. The water here is gorgeous. Tea and coffee and a few essential food stuffs are supplied. There is electricity, books, games, local information, a radio and free Wi-Fi (4G is also accessible). There is a wood-burner (with a free supply of kiln-dried logs) and also electric heating. Shower room and toilet in the next door cabin where there is also a fridge. Outdoor decking with garden furniture.

Suitable For

Glamping only (no tents, campervans or caravans). Well-behaved dogs welcome.


The campsite is extremely close to the celebrated Minto golf course (01450 870220), where non members are also welcome to play, and the hut has exceptional views across the beautiful Teviot valley. When the view draws you out, there are plenty of wonderful walks and hills to climb. Local information and some primitive maps are in the hut already. Ask Rob is you need more and he may be able to help. There's also excellent fishing in the River Teviot less than a mile away.

Food & Drink

A wide range of teas, coffee, cereals and fresh croissants are all included in the price. It's just over a mile to Denholm village, where there are all the essential amenities. The village butchers (01450 870451) offers fresh meat, including game from the local area, and there are a couple of pubs. The Fox & Hounds (01450 870247) is by the village green, though slightly upstaged by the pleasant Auld Cross Keys Inn (01450 870305) a little further along the road. There's also The Denholm Meet (01450 870999) a small Italian café and antiques shop that has a great community feel.


All year.

The Owner Says

Rubersview shepherds hut lies secluded within private grounds on the edge of Minto conservation village. With panoramic views across the Teviot valley and the looming Ruberslaw hill (a once active volcano and sacred medieval site), this is one truly magical setting.


Contact Rubersview Shepherds Huts, Rubersview Shepherds Hut, Schoolhouse, Minto, Roxburghshire, Scotland TD9 8SG

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Getting There

Newly constructed railway terminal in nearby Galashiels where there is a regular hourly service to Edinburgh Waverly station.


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