Scottish Borders | Village |

[Innerleithen High Street]

Tucked into the folds of surrounding hills at the confluence of two rivers, Innerleithen has a pleasant setting but doesn't look particularly interesting from the main road. The settlement was once an important textile town as well as a health spa destination, but nearby Peebles has more recently taken the lion's share of shops and services. Fortunately for Innerleithen, its former importance and the local landscape have bestowed it with a decent range of visitor attractions. Top of the list now has to be the fabulous mountain biking (with a local trailhead as well as 7stanes Glentress a few miles up the road)... ah, so that explains the number of cyclists hanging around. Opportunities for walks in the the surrounding hills and glens are excellent, with wonderful views from the tops. Rainy day? There's the old spa-turned-museum, a Victorian printworks and even Scotland's oldest inhabited house to explore. And we couldn't omit to mention Caldwell's - the fabulous ice cream shop right in the centre.

[Innerleithen's northern suburbs spread along the banks of the Leithen Water]

Location & info

📌 Innerleithen
Scottish Borders, G.R.: NT 331367 ///also.princely.surely

🚶 Most local sights are within walking distance of the village centre - about a mile in the case of Traquair House, along a road with no pavement.
🚌 Innerleithen has bus connections from towns including Galashiels and Peebles.

See & do (<1 mi away)

>> Bike: 7stanes Innerleithen ★★★

📌 Robert Smail's Printing Works ★★★
💬 Victorian letterpress printers, amazingly still operational and run by the National Trust for Scotland jointly as a tourist attraction.
High Street, village centre, G.R.: NT 332367 ///drive.clocking.giggle
Open Friday to Monday, April to October | £7 adult / £5 child / free for National Trust for Scotland members

📌 St Ronan's Well
💬 Historic spa dating to the 1800s, converted into a small museum about Innerleithen and the spa. Small garden at the back, and you can still drink the spring water emerging here.
Wells Brae, 10-min uphill walk north of the village centre, G.R.: NT 329372 ///rural.castle.easels
Open daily, late March to October (2019) | Free

>> Traquair House ★★★
>> Walk: Beeline for Lee Pen ★★★
>> Walk: In-ner Leithen Water ★★★

[Robert Smail's Printing Works]

[Lee Pen]

[St Ronan's Well (3/4/16)]


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