The Ancient and Royal Burgh of Peebles is a handsome town on the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, just 30-45 minutes away from Edinburgh. The town sits on either side of the River Tweed, with lovely riverside walks through abundant parkland, plus a wide High Street blessed with a mix of Victorian architecture.
The town pre-dates the reign of King David I (1124-53). The monarchy made many visits in the 15th and 16th centuries – by King James III in particular. Peebles was relatively untouched by the conflict that characterised life in the Borders at that time.
The High Street has an old Mercat Cross while the nearby ruined Cross Kirk, standing high above Eddleston Water, was founded in 1261. There are many fine buildings in the town, one of which is the Chambers Institute, gifted to the town by two of its famous sons, Robert and William Chambers. They were born in Peebles in the 18th century, and were the founders of the famous publishing and printing company that bears their name.
‘Peebles for Pleasure’ is what the locals say and it’s easy to see why! Peebles offers plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors with a variety of leisure activities. Golf, fishing, mountain biking and walking are popular pursuits, with the forests of Tweeddale and the challenging Southern Upland Way easily accessible. For mountain bikers of all levels, Glentress Forest offers the first courses in Scotland designed by enthusiasts using a colour-graded scheme like ski runs. For more experienced bikers, the trails (both downhill and XC) at nearby Innerleithen are renowned for fast and technical riding.
More information on Peebles and the surrounding area can be found at the following websites.
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If in the area for the Creative Peebles Festival, do stick around and check out some of the walks on offer during another wonderful annual event – which this year has a particular focus on walks in and around Peebles.
A big, fun, closed road sportive (check on road closures if visiting Peebles for the final day of the Creative Peebles Festival).