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Galashiels is the home to earthwork that dates as far back as the ancient Pict civilisation. There are also remains of an Iron Age fort to the north west of the town which was destroyed in AD 140 by the Romans. The Galashiels coat of arms depicts two foxes reaching to eat plums from a tree and the town’s motto is Sour Plums (pronounced soor plooms in Scots). It refers to the...Read more
Galashiels is a burgh and major commercial centre for the Scottish Borders and is historically most famous for its textiles. The textile industry is in the midst of a revival due to the Heriot-Watt University School of Textiles and Design new generation of textile students. The University’s specialist textile school is located in Galashiels.
The Braw Lads Gathering takes place every June and commemorates the history of Galashiels. The day sees riders parade through the streets on horseback and it began in 1599 when Galashiels received its burgh Charter.
The Old Gala house in Galashiels is a museum and art gallery that was home to the Lairds of Gala for several centuries. The building is set in landscape gardens and shows travelling exhibitions throughout the year. Two miles east of Galashiels on the banks of the River Tweed you will find Abbotsford House which was Sir Walter Scott’s mansion. If you are interested in the tex...Read more
5. Things To Do
The area boasts beautiful scenery that visitors can explore by bike, on foot or even on horseback. If you are feeling active then Galashiels is the place for you. For walkers and hikers there is the 212-mile Southern Upland Way and cyclists can join the 90-mile Tweed Cycle Way.
Textiles still remain the main industry in the town. Galashiels is an important commercial centre for residents of the Scottish Borders and the town acts as a central communication point for people in the area.
Galashiels acts as the main transport hub for the Scottish Borders due to its central location. Galashiels can be reached by road on the A7 and from Galashiels train station you can get direct trains to Edinburgh, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Peebles.
Galashiels has many traditional pubs and restaurants that offer a true taste of Scotland. The town also has a cinema that shows all the latest releases.
9. Famous Landmarks
Galashiels most famous landmark is the imposing Border Reiver statue that is the town’s war memorial. It is the work of local sculptor Thomas Clapperton, who has also created a sculpture of Robert the Bruce that stands outside Edinburgh Castle.
10. Interesting Fact
Robert Burns, the Scottish Bard, wrote two poems about Galashiels; ‘Sae Fair Her Hair’ and ‘Braw Lads’ about the annual Braw Lads Gathering.
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01 September 2012 - 30 September 2012
The Braw Lads Gathering has taken place for centuries. The event sees men riding horses through town boundaries where they are greeted with crowds of spectators. Although the tradition is hundreds of years old, it was started again in 1930 to celebrate the history of so ...more
01 April 2013 - 31 May 2013
The game of rugby sevens first began in the Scottish Borders town of Melrose in 1883 and it is now the main sport of the Borders. The Kings of Sevens event sees teams from across the Borders compete to become the Kings of the Sevens. The usual 80 minute games are shorte ...more
01 June 2013 - 30 June 2013
The Borders Book Festival is held every June at the beautiful Harmony Garden. In the past, the event has included readings and interviews from popular authors including Kirsty Wark and Cliff Sharp. Thousands of people visit the festival and it includes a special Schools ...more
01 September 2013 - 30 September 2013
The Scottish Borders Walking Festival takes place every September. The Scottish Borders has some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain and this breath taking scenery can be explored during Scotland’s oldest walking festival. The festival has a fantastic reputation ...more
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The Forth Rail Bridge in Fife will be the first man made structure to receive a gold Blue Peter badge. It is the first structure to be given the honour in the history of the famous BBC programme. Less than 1,000 gold badges have...
Local schoolchildren who aren’t interested in the Borders most popular sport, rugby, are making a plea for different sporting facilities. A group of skate boarders, cyclists, and roller bladders have come forward at a meeting of Melrose and...
Two of Scotland’s brightest rugby stars have been snapped up for another two years by Edinburgh Rugby. 19 year old Harry Leonard and 20 year old Gregor Hunter will stay at Murrayfield until 2014 after impressing during their time there. Other Edinburgh...
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