Things to Do & Places to Visit

Open spaces, fresh air, tranquil Scottish countryside, dramatic history and fascinating culture – exciting adventures await you in the Tweed Valley. You will be spoilt for choice when looking for ways to explore the area, but here is a peek at some of the highlights on offer in this breath taking part of Scotland.

Traquair House

Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, Traquair is a must visit.  Explore the house with a guided tour, take a wander round the gardens and get lost in the maze, or sample Traquair ale in the brewery.

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Glentress Forest

Glentress is one of the world class 7stanes mountain bike venues, featuring a wide range of trails for beginners and experts alike.  It’s also perfect for walkers with miles of peaceful forestry trails to explore.

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John Buchan Story

To learn more about the life of ‘Thirty Nine Steps’ author John Buchan (1875 – 1940), visit the John Buchan Museum in Peebles.  Staffed by volunteers, admission is free.

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Dawyck Botanic Gardens

Dawyck Botanic Garden is a five star Garden renowned for its seasonal displays of snowdrops, bluebells, rhododendrons, azaleas, blue poppies and autumn colour.

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Tweed Valley Railway Path

This shared cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway line from Innerleithen to Peebles.  It’s a nice easy route suitable for families or anyone looking for a safe, easy cycle or walk.

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Eastgate Theatre

Choose from a culturally rich selection of music, films, dance shows, talks, and theatre productions all shown at Peeble’s very own Eastgate Theatre, located less than a 2 minute stroll from The Tontine.

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Go Ape

Located at Glentress Forest, Go Ape offers action packed outdoor activities for all the family, including zip wires and rope courses through tree tops.

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Kailzie Gardens

Kailzie Gardens is just a mile east of Peebles, in a beautiful position on the River Tweed. At its heart lies the stunning walled garden with plantings of many unusual shrubs, laburnum arches, an enchanting rose garden and spectacular herbaceous borders.

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The Great Polish Map

A unique feature in the landscape, the Map is a large physical relief map of Scotland, sculpted in concrete and measuring some 40m by 50m.  It was built by Poles following the Second World War.  Open daily in the grounds of Barony Castle.

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Abbotsford House

As the home of Sir Walter Scott, Abbotsford House holds fascinating collections of art and Scott’s renowned library and study, all in a beautiful setting overlooking the River Tweed.

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