Peebles enjoys a most
attractive setting amongst the hills on the banks
of the River Tweed. The wide spacious High Street
has an old Mercat Cross and the ruined Cross Kirk,
standing high above Eddleston Water, was founded
in 1261. |
The Cornice Museum recreates an
ornamental plasterer's workshop, while the
Chambers Institute features the Tweeddale Museum
and Gallery. Peebles' events calendar
includes the Beltane Week, Arts Festival, Highland
Games and Agricultural Show. Golf, fishing,
mountain biking and walking are popular pursuits
within the Forests of Tweeddale and the
challenging Southern Upland Way is easily
On the edge of the town, Neidpath Castle stands high on a rocky outcrop above the River Tweed and, within a short drive, are Kailzie Gardens and Dawyck Botanic Gardens.
To the east, surrounded by scenic hill country, lies Innerleithen, where St. Ronan's Wells Interpretative Centre depicts the era of the last century when the town was famed as a spa. Robert Smail's Printing Works give a fascinating insight into the printing processes of the past. Traquair House, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, has played host to 27 monarchs. The area is closely associated with the manufacture of high quality knitwear and the Scottish Museum of Woollen Textiles at Walkerburn traces the history of the industry.
Eddleston, to the north, is in the heart of beautiful wooded countryside and West Linton, at the foot of the Pentland Hills, is an historic conservation village. South west is Tweedsmuir; 1600 feet above sea level on an old coaching route. The church spire is an unmistakable landmark in the remote and peaceful upland area, once the haunt of Covenanters. Broughton village is noted for its gallery and the John Buchan Centre, which recreates the life of the famous writer, soldier and politician.
Visitors to the town can enjoy free parking; local publications include a Town Plan, mini-guide and countryside walks. Local places of interest include Neidpath Castle, Peebles Crosskirk, Traquair House, Broughton Gallery, The Cornice Museum of Ornamental Plasterwork, John Buchan Centre, Robert Smail's Printing Works, St Ronan's Wells Interpretative Centre, Tweeddale Museum & Picture Gallery, Dawyck Botanic Garden, Kailzie Gardens, Peebles Craft Centre, Innerleithen Golf Club (9 hole), Peebles Golf Club (18 hole), West Linton Golf Club (18 hole), Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre.