"Peebles is a hidden treasure" Borderers say - and truly so, with luxury spas at Stobo Castle and Peebles Hydro, idyllic Arboretum at Dawyck (the first 5* garden in Scotland) and Kailzie Garden, film and drama at the Eastgate Theatre, and the High Street's wealth of independent shops and restaurants.
On the outskirts of Peebles, the Glentress Mountain Biking Centre and nearby Innerleithen offer some of the best mountain biking in Britain, offering everything from beginners' trails to extreme downhill. The multi-award winning, colour coded mountain bike trail network at Glentress Forest is the first of two world-class 7stanes courses in the Scottish Borders - and the regions number one tourist attraction, with its own mountain bike centre, hotel, restaurant, cycle shop and Osprey Watch Centre.
Passing by Peebles, the Tweed Cycleway begins 650ft above sea level at Biggar, and finishes on the North Sea coast 90 miles later at Berwick-upon-Tweed. The Border Loop cycle route links Peebles to the harbour town of Eyemouth, via 250 miles of remote moors, lochs and vales, gentle rolling hills, meandering country lanes and handsome towns and villages. A 13 mile walk, the John Buchan Way, explores the Tweed Valley so beloved by the author of the fast-moving thriller The Thirty Nine Steps. Cardrona Forest is one of seven unique woodlands within the Tweed Valley Forest Park, bringing together over 80 iles of woodland trails for walking, cycling and horse trekking.
Population (2011 Census) - 8,376