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Peeblesshire – Now you see it, now you don’t!

After the local government reorganisation of 1975 the name Peeblesshire was no longer used and the area was to be governed as the district of Tweeddale. However, local people still use the term Peeblesshire in reference to the county and in addresses, even the local newspaper is called The Peeblesshire News.

The county, which is one of the smallest, is located in the south west of Scotland and made up mainly of hills and mountain ranges.

Reasons to visit Peeblesshire

Dawyck Botanic Garden is a botanical garden as well as an arboretum located on a hillside south of Peebles, you can also find the Dawyck Chapel situated in the garden, which was built in 1837.

The Tweeddale Museum and Gallery has a gallery and museum which offers a variety of exhibits, including a permanent exhibit providing a detailed look at the history of the area.

Traquair House was built in 1107 and initially used as a hunting lodge for the Scottish Royalty and is now a historical venue open to the public.

Kailzie Gardens are open every day of the year and facilities include day adventures, osprey viewing, restaurant, picnic area, Children’s Corner and gift shop.

Glentress Forest is popular for mountain biking and has a trail for biking. There are five trails which provide different levels of difficulty and many are suitable for children.

The Robert Smail’s Printing Works has been in existence since 1866 and still in use. Visitors can receive a tour and see how the printing process works.

Other interests include Scotland’s most famous medieval church ruins, Cross Kirk, and St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre, which is located within a historical spa.

Entertainment and Dining in Peeblesshire

There are theatres, cinemas and night clubs in Peeblesshire, and a variety of restaurants like The Old Bake House in West-Linton and the Scots Pine Restaurant in Peebles.

Accommodation in Peeblesshire

Accommodation includes Bed and Breakfast, Cottages, Apartments, Camping Sites and Hotels such as St. Ronans Hotel in Innerleithen and De Vere Venues Barony Castle in Peebles.