The Scottish Borders is full of lovely towns and villages to visit, and we definitely think Peebles is one of the best. Set against the amazing backdrop of the Tweed Valley, this town is packed with cute little cafes, interesting history, and excellent independent shops. Plus, it's less than an hour away from Edinburgh. We decided to publish a guide about this town to outline the best things to see and do during your time here, all updated for 2023. Let's get into the guide:
Visit the war memorial
Explore the cafes
Explore the independent shops
Check out the Macdougall Footbridge
Walk along "The Cuddy"
The John Buchan Story
This museum celebrates the life and works of John Buchan, one of Scotland's most famous authors and the man behind 'The 39 Steps'. You might not be familiar with the book, but if you get a chance to read it before your trip to Peebles then we highly recommend you do. If you don't have time for an entire novel then the 1935 film is an absolute classic which is still very watchable today. It's a small museum and entry is free, but if you're a fan of Buchan you will find it utterly charming and fascinating. Learn more here - johnbuchanstory.co.uk
Explore the Tweed Valley
Visit the Peebles Old Parish Church
Admire the signs
Cycle to Traquair House
Traquair House - the oldest inhabited house in Scotland - is approximately 8 miles from the centre of Peebles, a distance which might be a little too far away for walking but which can easily be reached by bike. We'd definitely say that if you've got the time and the energy, a cycle to Traquair House is highly recommended as it's a very interesting place to visit. The restaurant here is also excellent and a lovely place to get some food after your cycle.
There are 2 main cycling routes you can follow from Peebles to Traquair House, and we've created a Google Map for both of them. This route takes you via the A72, and this route takes you via the B7062. Happy cycling!