Things to do in Peebles, Scottish Borders
The local motto "Peebles for Pleasure", is borne out by the town's attractive setting amongst the hills on the banks of the River Tweed, and it is a favourite holiday destination, particularly with golfers and anglers.
The town has a wide spacious High Street, with an old Mercat cross and many buildings of historical interest, including the Eastgate Theatre which has been created from a disused church.
All along the High Street there are interesting closes leading down to the park by the River - including some with shops and meeting places.
The Beltane Festival is traditionally held on the last Saturday in June. It is recorded that James I witnessed this festival in the 15th century.
Peebles was granted its Royal Burgh status in 1367 by David II, and grew up from a small group of houses around Neidpath Castle. The castle was built in the 14th century, with extensive alterations in the 17th century is set amid the wonderful scenery of the River Tweed.
Once the stronghold of the Frasers, but ownership of the Castle has changed hands several times; the Dukes of Queensbury and the Earl of Wemyss and March are some of the notable families who have owned it.
The castle is open to visitors by appointment.
The ruined Cross Kirk, standing high above Eddleston Water, was founded in 1261 by Alexander III, later a monastery was attached to the church and by the time of the Reformation Cross Kirk became the Parish Church.
Tweeddale Museum and Gallery is housed in the historic Chambers Institute in the High Street. The museum features a lively programme of local history and contemporary art exhibitions.
The Chambers Institute was given to Peebles by the brothers William and Robert Chambers, who were born in the town and published the first Chambers dictionaries and encyclopaedias.
Also found in a courtyard at the back of the Chambers Institute is the Peebleshire War Memorial - a beautiful decorative memorial to the men of Peebleshire who died in the Great War.
The Cornice Museum of Ornamental Plasterwork has a large collection of plaster patterns, and methods of casting are on show.
For leisure and recreation Peebles offers an 18 hole golf course, swimming pool, fishing, mountain biking and walking in the forests of Tweeddale or on the challenging Southern Upland Way which is easily accessible.
There is a large picturesque park alongside the River Tweed in the town, which is used for many different festivals and events, including the Tweedlove Bike Festival, and the Autumn Wood Festival.
The town is famous for its homemade ice-cream - especially the delicious multitude of flavours available at Caldwell's Ice Cream Shop on the High Street.
South west is Tweedsmuir, 1600 feet above sea level on an old coaching route. The church spire is an unmistakable landmark in the remote and peaceful upland area, once the haunt of Covenanters.
The River Tweed rises in these hills and a lay-by and sculpture on the A701 mark the site. Broughton village is noted for its gallery and the John Buchan Centre, which recreates the life of the famous writer, soldier and politician.
Tourist Information (Open All Year) High Street, Peebles Tel: +44 (0) 1721 720 138
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