45 minutes away from Edinburgh, Scotland is the town of Peebles. No, it’s likely not a adaptation of the Scottish pronunciation of small rocks, it’s from the Celtic word “pebyll” or tent. They have a motto that states, “Contra Nando Incrementum” which means, “Against the stream they multiply”. It really doesn’t have to do bill collectors or in-laws, it refers to the Salmon fishing that is one of the town’s major industries. They also have some historic bragging rights as the town pre-dates the reign of King David I and was visited by other members of the monarchy during the 15th and 16th centuries. The town averages a population of about 7,000 and now counts tourism among it’s attractions along with the proximity to Edinburgh.
You’ve packed your rod and reel and are ready to visit this fisherman’s paradise; how to get there? If you choose to drive, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh are only about an hour away. National Express bus connects the area to Newcastle, Birmingham and Manchester. You can also take the ferry from Europe & Northern Ireland but you’ll need road transportation once arriving. There are direct connections from Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow International Airports and you can hire a car there for the remainder of the trip.
When you’re ready to get settled, there are eight hotels locally to choose from ranging from the traditional Green Tree Hotel, MacDonald Cardrona Hotel Gold and Spa; to the ornate Castle Venlaw and Cringletie House.
There are family events that everyone will enjoy like exploring working farms, wildlife habitats and watching artisans create tartans and tweeds (no, that’s not something you do on Twitter). Speaking of Tartans, Jedburgh Wooll Mill’s Clan Tartan Centre can help you find your family connections, no guarantees of being related to the Wallace’s but you never know. Just promise us if you *happen* to be related to the MacLeod’s you won’t run around yelling, “There can be only one!” If you’re a bicycle enthusiast, Tweedlove is held for 2 weeks near the end of May and it celebrates bike riding in all its aspects. Should your pace be a little slower, the Scottish Borders Walking Festival begins in the first week of September and showcases the Scottish Borders with all the spectacular views they offer.
The diversity of dining options is obvious in Peebles with Indian cuisine at Shukria & Prince of India, French at Sutherland and for general decadence, the Cocoa Black Chocolate Shop and Cafe. Kailzie Gardens and The Tontine offer traditional Scottish and British dining.
Walking, Biking, Fishing, History and Kilts aplenty are waiting for you at Peebles, Scotland. Visit the Borders and experience Scottish life on the edge!