Things to Do

Peebles is an absolute gem, hidden away in the beautiful countryside of the Scottish Borders.  It is wonderfully placed for experiencing the stunning musical, dramatic and gastronomic delights of the city of Edinburgh with all its world class culture and fascinating history.  To think that less than an hour's drive from the city would bring you to the tranquil banks of the River Tweed in Peebles, is quite astonishing to many city dwellers. 

Edinburgh Castle, seen from Princes Street Gardens.
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Peebles itself is bursting with its own cultural and historical attractions; a visit to the Eastgate Theatre to watch some live music or a fifteen minute walk along to Neidpath Castle, sitting majestically on a crag above the River Tweed - you will never be without plenty to see and do.
Neidpath Castle
Traquair House




Castle Venlaw Hotel

One of the most colourful and exciting events in the Peebles calendar is The Beltane Festival, held each year in mid June.  A week long series of events, pagentry and parades culminates in the Crowning of the Beltane Queen.  Each year the parade takes a route passing Ludgate House so we are perfectly placed for soaking up the atmosphere!
Houses and gardens...
The amount of stately houses, castles and abbeys in the Borders is breathtaking. 
Traquair House, 'the oldest inhabited house in Scotland', can be found just ten minutes drive from Peebles.  The owners provide a diverse program of events throughout the year, including the Traquair Medieval Festival where one can watch knights battle or craftsfolk create their wares, to the famous Traquair Fayre, brimming with top class theatrical and musical entertainment.

Floors Castle, near Kelso, is a beautiful example of early Georgian architecture.  Sitting on the banks of the River Tweed, it commands majestic views across to the Cheviot Hills to the south.  Spend the day here examining the stunning tapestries, antiques and art, as well as the sumptuous interiors.  Floors Castle grounds include peaceful woodland walks, a walled garden
overflowing with scented and rainbow coloured borders and an adventure playground for the little ones.  A fabulous day out!
Thirlestane Castle
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 Mellerstain House
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Abbotsford House
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Bowhill House is another fine period home well worth a visit.  Again expect to find beautiful interiors full of work by world renowned artists, woodland walks, adventure playground and an interesting calendar of cultural events.
Kailzie Gardens boast a tasty restaurant that serves the best hot chocolate on a cold Winter's day!  Lovely gardens to look around with secret corners to discover.  Only ten minutes from Peebles, and a couple of miles from Traquair - together they make the perfect day out!
Dawyck is part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and can be found eight miles from Peebles.  It is well known as one of the world's finest arboreta and provides swathes of gorgeously bright colour year round thanks to very careful planning and planting.  Visit the Swiss Bridge, the Azalea Walk and the Beech Walk set amidst beautiful rolling Borders countryside.
There are so many more places well worth a visit; why not try a Borders Abbey trail?  Many of the larger towns has a ruined Abbey, a circuit to visit those at Melrose, Kelso, Dryburgh and Jedburgh (as seen below) would make a perfect day out for the history buffs among you.  Smailhom Tower is along the route to Kelso and another famous historical site.
Outdoor pursuits...
...Mountain biking
Glentress Forest, three miles from Peebles town centre, is the location of  'the best dedicated mountain bike centre in Britain' as voted by Mountain Bike Rider Magazine and offers trails for all grades of bikers.  It really is a world famous site and a magnet for riders from all over Britain.
Just a ten minute walk from our front door will bring you to Peebles Golf Club, a Championship course.  This eighteen hole course is considered one of the finest in the Borders, for the quality of its turf, greens and stunning views.  It has all you would expect of a good quality course - clubroom, buggy hire and changing facilities with showers.  There are many more well regarded courses to be found in the Scottish Borders, including West Linton (20 minutes), Biggar (20 minutes) and the Cardrona Golf and Country Club just ten minutes away.

The banks of the River Tweed are a five minute walk from our house and these afford some of the best fishing to be found in the Borders.  Of course, the Tweed is well known for its salmon and trout, however many other types can be fished here including perch, pike and roach.  The salmon season here is very long, running from 1st February to the 30th November.  Go to or to get more details on beats, regions and prices.
The very fact that Peebles has three good quality outdoor clothing stores on the High Street is testament to the town's reputation as a hub for walkers of all ambitions.  The town is nestled between the Moorfoots and the Southern Uplands and there are plenty areas to discover.  For the experienced walker, there are a lot of routes over the southern Scotland's highest hills and through extensive mature forests, which offer amazing viewpoints and picnic sites.


 ...Horse Riding
Click on the picture to get lots of information on what the Peebles Hydro Riding Stables have on offer.  Riding for all levels and no roadwork as all excursions are taken into Glentress Forest - heaven on horseback!
Pamper yourself...

Stobo Castle is a world famous spa resort specialising in the most luxurious of health and beauty treatments.  Take a drive west out of Peebles  and within ten minutes you are at the gates, ready for your luscious massage!

The salon at the Peebles Hotel Hydro is another very local spa which offers all the treatments you would expect from a quality hotel.   The Hydro is roughly a fifteen minute walk, at the other end of Peebles.

Vitality Beauty Clinic is just down the hill at The Courthouse, about five minutes walk.  Check out the website and see what they have on offer.