The Scottish Borders is an area many people just drive through on their way to the north not knowing that as well as lovely countryside and many attractions, history abounds.
In recent years, the town of Innerleithen has seen a transformation from a mill town, producing world class cashmere, to a well known mountain bike and walking centre, set in beautiful countryside, along the Tweed valley. The Enduro cycling championships have been held here in the last couple of years, as well as a round of the UCI world cycling championships. Glentress mountain bike centre is three miles away.
Tourism is now taking over as one of the main attractions of the area but you can also still find peace and quiet amongst the little towns and hills.
There are a number of local walks easily accessible from the house, including a lovely multiuse walkway from Innerleithen, along the banks of the river Tweed to Peebles, some 6 miles away, and in the other direction for 3 miles.
The town has a number of local and mainly independent shops and in recent years new businesses and eating and coffee places have arisen bucking the normal trend for town centre closures. The town has developed an informal and relaxed atmosphere where people have commented on the friendliness of the locals.
Within easy reach of Innerleithen there are a number of historic houses including Floors Castle in Kelso, Manderstain In Gordon, Bowhill House in Selkirk and Abbotsford in Melrose, the home of Sir Walter Scott the world famous Scottish author, although some are closed during the winter months. Within half an hour’s walk is Traquair House, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, which provides an insight into life in the 13th and following centuries.
Peebles is an attractive town on the banks of the river Tweed about 6 miles away, easily accessible by bus or walking. The high street is also full of independent shops.
One of the four Botanic Gardens of Scotland, Dawyck, is situated 25 minutes drive from here on the other side of Peebles.
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is accessible by public transport as well as car. This is a world heritage site, known as The Athens of the North. This beautiful city has a variety of stunning architecture from previous centuries with the Georgian new town being a particular gem. Edinburgh has world class galleries and museums, as well as many cultural events, including the largest arts festival in the world during the summer and Christmas and New Year celebrations in the winter.
For those interested in golf, there are three courses within a six mile radius and numerous others in East Lothian and Fife including North Berwick, Muirfield and St Andrews. All are within a days return journey.
For those interested in further exploring Scotland, we offer an interesting stay before travelling on to the Highlands and Islands which offer great scenery and of course many whisky trails. In our little country you can also view major film locations used in the 2019 version of Mary Queen of Scots, Outlander, Harry Potter, and Braveheart to name a few,
Edinburgh International airport has direct flights from the U.S., Canada, many countries of Europe and the Middle East as well as within the U.K. There
are frequent connections from London by air, train and bus.