A walking and cycling centre in the heart of the Scottish Borders, Galashiels sits alongside the Southern Upland Way and the 50 mile Tweed Cycle Route. Offering a choice of friendly independently owned B&Bs , budget caravan parks and cottages, Galashiels makes the perfect budget base near Melrose for exploring the Scottish Borders and for accessing the world-class mountain bike trails of the 7 Stanes forest parks to the west.
Rich in textiles heritage, one of Britain’s most famous textiles universities, Heriot-Watt, has a campus here in Galashiels. Ample accommodation in the area caters well for university visitors. Other highlights include the great war memorial with Border Reiver horseman atop, created by the Scottish Borders sculpter Thomas Clapperton. Enjoy long-standing local events like the annual Galashiels Braw Lad’s Gathering celebrating the marriage of Margaret Tudor to King James 4th of Scotland in 1503 – her dowry from James included the local Ettrick Forrest.
Visit the free entry Old Gala House museum in Galashiels exploring the history of the five century old house and the town’s heritage. You’re conveniently placed in Galashiels accommodation for the delights of Border Abbey town Melrose just 2 miles to the east of Galashiels, featuring the heritage home of Sir Walter Scott – Abbotsford – and the spectacular ruins of Melrose Abbey. Many guests head off to Melrose along The Borders Abbeys Way following the path of the River Tweed to Melrose and Dryburgh beyond. Find places to stay in the heart of the Scottish Borders – Book Galashiels accommodation now with iknow.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.