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 culture of the area, but here is a peek at some of the highlights on offer in this breath taking part of Scotland.
Situated just one mile away from Peebles, the romantic medieval Neidpath castle overlooks the River Tweed. The walls of the L-plan rubble-built tower house have thousands of stories to tell that date back to the late 14th century. Take a leisurely stroll around the castle grounds or look here to explore the castle’s pit prison, hand-cut draw well and Queen Mary’s room.
John Buchan Museum
To learn more about the life of ‘Thirty Nine Steps’ author John Buchan (1875 – 1940), visit the John Buchan Museum in Peebles. This is just one of over 100 books that he wrote, the majority of which were influenced by his Scottish upbringing and time spent in the area. This remarkable man studied Classics at Oxford, read for the Bar, became a publisher, contributed to the Spectator and was the war correspondent for the Times. In addition to being made Chancellor of Edinburgh University, he was also a Member of Parliament for Scottish Universities. In 1935 he was appointed Governor-General of Canada, a position he held until his death in 1940.
Choose from a culturally rich selection of music, films, dance shows, talks, and theatre productions all shown at Peeble’s very own Eastgate Theatre.
Douglas Davies Gallery
Ideal for art lovers, a visit to the Douglas Davies Gallery in Skirling provides the perfect afternoon activity. The 18th century coaching inn was renovated into a studio gallery that now exhibits Scottish and French landscapes and still life drawings by Douglas Davies.
Dating back to 1107, Traquair House is a must visit. As Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, Traquair offers thousands of years of Scottish history and is still a family home. With strong associations with Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobites, highlights include the secret stairs, spooky cellar, the library, and the 18th-century dining room. Traquair is the location for many varied events throughout the year and Traquair Ale is brewed on-site.
St. Ronan’s Wells
Situated on the hillside overlooking the Leithen Valley, St Ronan’s Wells is housed in a historic spa where to this day man hundreds of visitors come to sample the spring water. The interpretative centre showcases the extensive history of this pavilion that was visited by Sir Walter Scott as a boy.
Head south through the Tweed Valley and visit Abbotsford House near Melrose. 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 Scotts beautiful formal Regency gardens and beyond to the magnificent river Tweed.
Whether your visit is purely leisure or linked to business, you are assured of high quality service and a warm Scottish welcome at The Tontine.