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Things to do in Galashiels

Days out, activity packages and activities in the Galashiels area

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Galashiels Activities & Things To Do

Galashiels is one of the more notable burghs in Selkirkshire that is located on the beautiful Gala Water river. This river is not the most notable thing about Galashiels (which is often referred to as Gala,) as the burgh has a wide variety of notable people, sports and a rich tradition of culture that is unique to the area. Currently, Galashiels is one of the largest commercial centres in the Borders region, made famous in this regard for being a huge supplier of textiles and other artistry designs. The textile industry has led to the rise of the overall economy that Galashiels has been able to keep prosperous, and provides many jobs for locals in the area. Perhaps the most notable landmark in the entirety of the Galashiels burgh is the Herlot-Watt University which is one of the leading Universities for the textile industry as a whole.

As aforementioned, the burgh of Galashiels is the location of the well-known Herlot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design, which has been allowing students to become craftsmen in the textile industry for years. Until 2009, this University was a campus in and of itself, but has recently been moved to join with the rest of the University in order to allow easier travel between the trade school and the different classes available at the University.

As far as sporting goes in Galashiels, there are only a few incredibly popular sports offered in the area, but the variation between these sports appeals to many different types of people. The following sports clubs are native to the burgh of Galashiels: Gala Cricket Club, Gala Fairydean Rovers F.C., Gala RFC and the Galashiels Golf Club.

Activities for the daytime close to Galashiels includes Clay shooting, quad biking and falconry.  Heading North towards Edinburgh offers a bigger variety of activities including highland games and paintball.

At night the best bars and resuarants to go to according to Tripadvisor are, Eat at Daves, H2O and Hergs on the Loch.  For a pint check out Golden Lion and Turnbull's


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