'Peebles for Pleasure' is the slogan, and this attractive small town, beautifully set on the majestic River Tweed, has long been a magnet for visitors. So easy to reach from Edinburgh, in the nineteenth century the town became a centre for hydropathic treatments, and the giant Peebles Hydro remains to this day. The town is packed with independent shops and cafes, and in recent years has become a busy centre for mountain bikers through the nearby trails at Glentress.
Peebles is at the heart of Upper Tweedale, an idyllic landscape of heather moors and rolling green hills - with some of the best hillwalking in the Border country - all sweeping down to fertile pastures around one of Scotland's most celebrated salmon rivers.
|Pirn Hill Fort Trail, Innerleithen||2.5km||1 hour|
|Leithen Water circuit, Innerleithen||4.5km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|The Great Map of Scotland circuit, Eddleston||5km||1.5 hours|
|Neidpath Castle and the Tweed walk, Peebles||6.25km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Cademuir Hill forest, near Peebles||5km||2 hours|
|Lee Pen, Innerleithen||5.25km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Cardrona Forest and Pikes Knowe||7km||2.5 - 3 hours|
|Glentress circuit from Peebles||11.25km||3 - 3.5 hours|
|Cademuir Hill Forts and the Tweed, Peebles||12.5km||3.5 - 4.5 hours|
|John Buchan Way, Peebles to Broughton||22km||5.5 - 6.5 hours|
|Minch Moor circuit from Traquair||8.75km||3.5 - 4.5 hours|
|Broughton Heights and Trahenna Hill circuit||11km||3.5 - 4.5 hours|
|Pykestone Hill and Drumelzier Law, Drumelzier||15km||5 - 5.5 hours|
|Windlestraw Law circuit, Innerleithen||18.75km||6 - 6.5 hours|
|Broad Law, Cramalt Craig and Dollar Law||21.5km||5.5 - 6.5 hours|
|Dun Rig Horseshoe, Peebles||23.5km||6 - 8 hours|
|Culter Fell circular, near Biggar||18.5km||5 - 6.5 hours|
|Southern Upland Way||338km||12 stages|
|Scottish National Trail||864km||6 weeks|
David Lintern builds the right kind of border wall – a dry stone dyke in the Borders.
“I like it here, it has a nice feel. And it’s great that it’s local to me”, says Ellen. With nothing more to add, we slurp our tea in silent agreement as waterproofs steam gently near the stove. We’re in a hut on the edge of a wood a few miles outside Peebles, and we are dirty, damp, tired and happy.
Fiona Russell provides an introduction to the charms of Peebles.
"Situated on the banks of the beautiful, meandering River Tweed, surrounded by gently rolling hills and just a 30-minute drive south of Scotland’s capital city, it is no surprise that the town of Peebles is a popular tourist destination."