Visit Peebles and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Peebles, Scottish Borders. This pleasantly situated county town was started under the shelter of a royal castle; its charter constituting it a royal burgh was granted by David II in 1367. The town was burnt in 1545 and again by accident in 1607. Cromwell's troops were stationed here while trying to reduce Neidpath.
Cross Kirk, now in rums, was founded by Alexander III at the spot where an old cross was found in 1261; later it had a monastery attached to it. At the Reformation the church became the parish church and was used as a place of worship until 1784. A little West of Cross Kirk are the ruins of St Andrew's Church, which was founded in 1195. It became a Collegiate Church in 1543, but was burnt by the English; the tower was restored in 1883. The mercat cross, an octagonal column 12 ft high, now stands in the centre of the town, but was originally at the end of the “Old Town”; it is said to date from before Robert Bruce. The old bridge at the end of the wide main street dates from the 15th century; it was widened in 1834 and again in 1900.
The traditional Beltane Festival, the “Riding of the Marches”, used to be held annually on the 1st of May, but is now held on the last Saturday of June; James I visited it in the early 15th century.
In the “Old Town”, across the Eddleston Water, were born the brothers Chambers, William (1800—83) and Robert (1802—71), the well-known publishers who did so much for Peebles.
The main industry, which has been carried on for hundreds of years, is wool-manufacture; the town's tweed and knitwear are world-famous.
Situated as it is in attractive country and with a relaxing climate, Peebles is a popular holiday resort. Fishing is the main attraction, but there are also facilities for golf, tennis, and pony-trekking.
Just West of the town, Neidpath Castle stands above the River Tweed. This castle was once the stronghold of the Frasers; later it belonged to the Hays of Yester, and later still to the Dukes of Queensberry. The walls of the oldest part are 11 ft thick; the newer portion of the castle is said to date from the early 15th century.
Nearby cities: Edinburgh
Nearby towns: Biggar, Innerleithen, Penicuik, West Linton
Nearby villages: Broughton, Cardrona, Dolphinton, Eddleston, Ettrickbridge, Leadburn, Traquair, Walkerburn
Have you decided to visit Peebles or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Peebles bed and breakfast (a Peebles B&B or Peebles b and b)
- a Peebles guesthouse
- a Peebles hotel (or motel)
- a Peebles self-catering establishment, or
- other Peebles accommodation