Local Services

Local amenities and services

Local amenities and services, with links to further information, are shown:

  • in the map here and
  • in the table here which includes emergency services, and contact details in the event utility failures (power, water, etc)

Sport and Fitness


Duns Swimming Pool is run by an independent charitable trust for the benefit of the community. Pool opening is organised in ‘sessions’ so that, for example, an adult trying to build stamina be distance swimming is not in the pool at the same time as a mother trying to introduce a toddler to the pleasures of swimming.
Full details of the sessions offered can be found on the Duns Swimming Pool website (opens in a new window)


Gill Gibbens is a fully qualified yoga teacher offering classes at a number of venues in Berwickshire.
Full details are available from Gill’s website (opens new window).

Other Local Communities


Gavinton’s nearest neighbour to the north-east is the town of Duns. Further information can be obtained by visiting the Duns website (opens new window)


About six miles further east lies the village of Chirnside which is on higher ground overlooking the Merse and with views to the Cheviots. Further information can be obtained by visiting the Chirnside website (opens new window)


The town of Kelso, 15 miles to the south-west offers a wide range of shops from long-established local businesses to branches of national chains. Further information can be obtained by visiting the Kelso website (opens new window)

Community Grants

The Blackhill Wind Farm Community Fund Ltd is a charitable organisation funded by Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES), the operators of the Blackhill Wind Farm situated to the south of Longformacus, Berwickshire.

Its aim is to grant aid community projects within the community council areas of Abbey St Bathans, Bonkyl & Preston; Cranshaws, Ellemford & Longformacus; Duns and Gavinton, Fogo and Polwarth.

If you have a project which might be eligible for funding visit the The Blackhill Wind Farm Community Fund website.

Useful Links (Please note: these links are not yet active)

In time, more sites will be added together with brief descriptions. For now, however, the folllowing list may offer sites of interest.

Border Events – online magazine
Discover the Scottish Borders
Duns website
Explore Berwick-upon-Tweed
Scotland Internet
Scottish Borders Attractions
Scottish Borders Tourist Board
Scottish Borders Website Design
Scottish Seabird Centre
The Scottish Borders
Travel Scotland
Undiscovered Scotland
Radio Borders
Scottish Borders Internet
Tweeddale Press
Scottish Borders Disability Forum
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland
Scottish House Condition Survey
Scottish Trade International