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Peebles Scottish Borders Travel and Tourism Information

Peebles Old Parish Church

Old Parish Church, Peebles © Graham Riddell, ourscottishborders.com

Within an area of outstanding beauty, the Borders town of Peebles straddles the River Tweed – better known in angling circles as “The Queen of the Scottish Salmon Rivers”.

Although the River Tweed is most associated with salmon and trout fishing, anglers visiting the town can also fish for perch, grayling, pike and roach.

But fishing is just one attraction on offer to visitors.  A Royal Burgh since 1152 and the rule of King David I, Peebles has for many years been a market town and has something for everyone.

Mountain bike riders can enjoy sport on expertly-designed downhill tracks. Glentress, three miles from the town centre, has trails for all grades of riders. Nearby Innerleithen has trails for more experienced riders.

And, from April to August the hatching and growth of chicks can be observed at the Osprey Watch Centre at Glentress car park.

For the ordinary cyclist, Peebles is on the long route of the signposted Tweed Cycleway – a 90-mile journey along quiet roads from Biggar in the west to Berwick-upon-Tweed on the east coast. The Forest of the Tweed at Glentress, Cardrona, Elibank and Traquair also has 60 miles of way-marked cycle routes.

Cyclists near Peebles © Stephen Whitehorne, ouscottishborders.com

The Scottish Borders’ spectacular forests also offer great opportunities for horse riding away from road traffic. The countryside around Peebles is ideally suited to testing both horse and rider with the bonus of fabulous views en route.Set between the Moorfoots and the Southern Uplands, Peebles has a range of walks to suit all tastes and abilities. A particularly popular easy riverside walk leads from the town centre along the banks of the Tweed.

The Peebles Town Trail is a stroll through the history of the burgh and for experienced walkers, there are good numbers of routes over southern Scotland’s highest hills and through extensive mature forests with viewpoints and picnic sites.

There is also the John Buchan Way, a 13-mile way-marked route from Peebles to Broughton introducing the history and scenery which inspired this famous author, whose works include The 39 Steps.

The town’s 240-seat Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre attracts touring theatre companies and showcases visual arts, dance, craft, music and cinema all year round, but the week-long Beltane Festival is the town’s premier event.

The festival celebrating the return of summer has its origins in the 15th century and includes the installation of The Cornet, the spectacular Riding of the Marches and culminates in the crowning of the Beltane Queen.

The Peebles Agricultural Show with its cattle, sheep, horse, pony, poultry, donkey and goat classes as well as trade stands, craft tent, children’s entertainment, tug o’ war, beer tent and refreshments, is another popular event held every August which draws the crowds into the town every. Peebles is also noted for its shops, restaurants and accommodation to suit all budgets.

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A sheepish look at Peebles Agricultural Show © Ruth Fletcher, ourscottishborders.com