Scottish Borders' Towns

The Scottish Borders is home to a number of small towns and villages each with its own unique identity, character and community spirit.

Duns

Situated on the A6105, an east to west artery which links Berwick upon Tweed and the A1 to the A68, an important route running southwards from Edinburgh to the North of England and which runs close to the major Borders’ centres of population.

Eyemouth

The historic town lies five miles north of the border where the mouth of the River Eye provides a natural harbour. The varied coastal front, including sandy beaches, makes a picturesque attraction which lies just off the A1, the major route linking Edinburgh with Newcastle.

Galashiels 

Lies very much at the heart of the Borders region and is historically the centre of the tweed industry. Sitting on the A7, one of the main routes through the Borders, linking Edinburgh with Carlisle, Galashiels has a direct route to the other major towns in the area, such as Selkirk and Hawick to the south. The reintroduction of the railway in 2015 will see Galashiels create a Public Transport Interchange.

Hawick

Grew around the textile industry with names such as Pringle and Lyle & Scott. Hawick can also claim to offer an easily accessible location, standing on the A7, a major road linking Edinburgh with Carlisle. Hawick has the biggest of the Border Common Ridings.

Innerleithen

Has changed its image throughout history from a small collection of crofts, to a royal retreat to a tourist town. It sits in the North West part of the Borders, and the A72, the main east-west Borders road runs through the town.

Jedburgh

The historical royal burgh lies 10 miles north of the border with England on the A68 from Edinburgh. The spectacular Jedburgh Abbey dates back to 1138 and is one of the most impressive attractions for visitors to the Borders.

Kelso

Situated in a scenic location where the Rivers Teviot and Tweed meet, the town also sits conveniently at the junction of three important routes. Kelso’s cobbled streets and the town’s unspoilt beauty make it a popular location. Traditionally a centre for weaving and leather, the town has diversified with new industries such as electronics.

Melrose 

The triple peaks of the Eildon Hills are the most distinctive single landmark in the Borders and at their feet in the valley of the River Tweed lies the town of Melrose, famed for walking, rugby and cycling.

Newtown St Boswells

The administrative centre of the Borders and home to Scottish Borders Council. The town lies on the A68, a major north-south route linking Edinburgh with the north of England.

Peebles 

In the north-west of the Borders region, and well-connected to other main Borders towns by the A72. Its relative proximity to Edinburgh is a major strength and the town is popular with people and businesses wanting access to the capital.

Selkirk

Historically renowned as a shoe manufacturing town, but today is home to specialist tweed outlets and specialised textile manufacture. The town is centrally located in the Borders between Hawick and Galashiels.