Visit Innerleithen and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Innerleithen, Scottish Borders. Standing where the rivers Tweed and Leithen meet, this pleasant little town, formerly a noted spa, still attracts tourists. The early 19th century saw the rise of Innerleithen as a watering-place. Its mineral spring on Lee Pen, called Dow or Doo's Well, was reported to be similar to the waters at Harrogate. Its popularity increased with the publication in 1823 of Scott's novel St Ronan's Well, the name by which the spring is now known. In 1826 Lord Traquair furnished the well with a pump-house, reading rooms, and a verandah, which were reconstructed in 1896. It became a burgh in 1868.
The town has important woollen, spinning, and knitwear industry, but it was just a hamlet until 1790, when the first woollen-mill was built by Alexander Brodie, a Traquair blacksmith who had made a fortune in London. The process of dyeing wool in blue with woad was first carried out in this mill by Thomas Turn-bull (d. 1803). This mill is still in existence as Caerles Mill and belongs to a famous knitwear firm.
The church was granted by Malcolm IV to the monks of Kelso in 1159; he gave it the right of sanctuary as it was here that traditionally the body of his son had first rested when taken from the Tweed, where he was accidentally drowned.
The Border Games, instituted in 1827, are still held annually and since 1900 have included the “Cleikum ceremony”, a pageant of St Ronan ridding the town of the devil for the next twelve months.
Nearby towns: Galashiels, Peebles, Selkirk
Nearby villages: Ashkirk, Cardrona, Clovenfords, Eddleston, Ettrickbridge, Gorebridge, Stow, Traquair, Walkerburn
Have you decided to visit Innerleithen or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Innerleithen bed and breakfast (a Innerleithen B&B or Innerleithen b and b)
- a Innerleithen guesthouse
- a Innerleithen hotel (or motel)
- a Innerleithen self-catering establishment, or
- other Innerleithen accommodation