Peebles Travel Guide

  • Peebles from the car park.
    Peebles from the car park.
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    Walled garden
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  • Avenue leading to the Bear Gates.
    Avenue leading to the Bear Gates.
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Peebles Things to Do

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    by nickandchris Updated Jun 17, 2013

    Traquair House is Scotland's oldest inhabited house, dating back to nearly a thousand years and is a most impressive house, built in the fortified mansion style.It's whitewashed exterior shines out in it's beautiful surroundings.

    The house was home to many kings in peaceful years and later, during troubled times, became a refuge for Catholic priests whom the Stuarts of Traquair supported wholeheartedly.They paid dearly for their beliefs, being imprisoned and isolated and the house stood untouched for years.

    Today, you can wander at your own pace around much of the house,in fact, we were very impressed with how much was open to the public, the house being occuppied. There are also three rooms available for bed and breakfast, luxuriously decorated and furnished with antiques.

    Some of the spiral staircases are narrow but there is an alternative route. You can also travel down the escape staircase that the priests would flee down when about to be discovered.

    One of the most impressive things for me were the toy collections, particularly the dolls and the dolls house. Absolutely marvellous!

    It was explained to us that the long row of servants bells each made a different sound so whoever was responding, knew exactly which room to attend. Very cunning.

    After we had toured the house, we paid a visit to Traquair's own brewery where we sampled the three beers made on the premises. They are pretty potent but quite delicious! (and expensive!!) We bought a bottle of each.The brewery had fallen into disuse for over 200 years but in 1965 it was re-discovered and brewing recommenced. The brews are fermented in oak barrels, giving them a dark, rich appearance.

    There are also numerous craftworkshops outside where individuals attempt to earn a living.

    The house is licensed for civil marriages.

    Garden and house adult admission: £8.

    The approach to Traquair House. The court yard. Fairytalish.... Inside Traquair Impressive doll collection.
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    by nickandchris Updated Jun 17, 2013

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    We found Peebles a pleasant town, busy with locals and tourists.

    The main street is wide and the choice of shoops and eating places good. We did notice a large amount of charity shops, which we love to browse in!!

    There is some interesting architecture and a lovely park area by the river with a childrens playground.

    Parking is easy, a free,large car park at either end of the town. We parked over the river in the large park with free toilets and recycling facilities. There is an easy walk over the road bridge to the centre of the town from here and to make it a circular walk, head back down to the river and cross the suspension bridge.

    Peebles main street. Interesting architecture Nice view of the town. Large car park by the river. Suspended foot bridge from car park.
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    by nickandchris Updated Jun 15, 2013

    As we had a BOGOF we couldn't not visit, could we?

    We decided to look round the garden before touring the house and before it rained (which it did!)

    The gardens consist of a large walled garden which unfortunately has all been put to grass now but there are a few fruit trees and a pond, complete with fountain. The restaurant looks out over this area.

    For romantics there's a Cupid's garden, a bit more formal and there is a maze. This was originally planted with cuppressus leylandi which unfortunately perished during a particularly bad winter and was later re-planted with beech.

    Quite a large area is lawned, where croquet is played .

    We wandered through the woods, some of the trees were most impressive - huge Douglas Firs dominating.

    We came across a sweet little heather built summerhouse, obviously so lovingly created.

    One thinf we forgot to look at were the bear gates at the head of the avenue. These have remained closed since Bonnie Prince Charlie's visit in 1745, when they would only have re-opened if a Stuart King was crowned.

    Although we enjoyed strolling through the gardens, we didn't think it was a patch on Kailzie Gardens we had just visited!

    Gift shop,Brewery shop (Traquair has it's own brewery) and independent work shops in the grounds.There is also a very well equipped playground.

    For full details, please look at the website.

    Tunnel of trees. Heather constructed summer house. Impressive maze viewed from the house Avenue leading to the Bear Gates. Walled garden
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Peebles Hotels

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  • Castle Venlaw Hotel

    Edinburgh Road, Peebles, EH45 8QG, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Macdonald Cardrona Hotel Golf & Country...

    Cardrona, Peebles, EH45 9LS, GB

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Park Hotel

    Innerleithen Road, Peebles, EH45 8BA, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Barony Castle

    Eddleston by Peebles, Scottish Borders, Peebles, EH45 8QW, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Peebles Hotel Hydro

    Innerleithen Road - A, Peebles, SC, H45 8LX, GB

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Cross Keys Hotel

    24 Northgate, Peebles, EH45 8RS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

  • Caddon View Guest House

    14 Pirn Road, Innerleithen, Peebles, EH44 6HH, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The Horseshoe Inn

    Eddleston, Peebles, EH45 8QP, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Cardrona Breaks

    12 Mains Farm, Steading, Peebles, EH45 9LD, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Peebles Restaurants

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    by Suet Updated Aug 25, 2013

    The ambience is one of tasteful elegance. The dining room is like being in somebody's rather large house. Sideboard with liquers and spirits on it. Large period dining tables with carvings and inlays in the table top. Comfy chairs. Elegant cutlery and table decoration with fresh flowers. The water glasses are like hand blown medieval goblets, coloured glass, which look like they must be handwashed. Even the salt and pepper shakers are elegant and stylish.

    The room itself is well decorated with gold leaf wallpaper, in keeping with the elegance of the room. The columns in the centre of the room are reminiscent of the ones on the Parthenon and other public buildings, like Lincoln's Memorial.

    A lot of effort has gone into the detail of the presentation of the tables and the hotel in general. The bathrooms (loos) are elegant with top of the range toiletries, good decor and surprisingly, the loo rolls are folded in the same manner of a top hotel. Instead of noisy hand driers and low class paper towels, they have fluffy white face flannels rolled in a basket. You are therefore assured of a hygenic way of drying your hands which is recyclable.

    Service is second to none. I felt special and it was a treat to go there.

    (we didn't and have not ever booked a room there, but please have a look at the website for extensive pictures, if the attention to detail is continued into the rooms then you are in for a treat)

    Favorite Dish: We went on a Sunday, so it was a complete menu of 2-3 courses depending on your appetite. Started with an amuse bouch of a haggis bon bon, fresh spanish olives and a little light biscuit covered with sesame seeds. The bread rolls were warm! The fennel rolls were so good that we asked for seconds. I had the gazpacho soup with crab mayonnaise, hubby had the boar terrrine. Excellently presented with distinct flavours.

    Somewhat disappointed with the second course. Hubbys lamb was tender but fairly tasteless but perked up with mint sauce. My duck was completely tasteless, the chef seemed to have forgotten the seasoning. I looked for the pepper sauce and upon enquiry, after the meal, was told that it was in fact the *gravy*, however it tasted all right on the plate at the time. The roast potatoes were old and I could have sworn that they had been deepfried although that was denied. Peas were like bullets, hard and undercooked. Spinach was bitter, tough and difficult to cut.

    Dessert was a dream. I had the chocolate delice, sprinkled with honeycomb and with a honey ice cream that was to die for. Never had anything like it! Hubby had the pistachio sponge, light full of flavour with stoned cherries.

    The portion sizes were just right, enabling us to have three courses without feeling uncomfortably full. They serve wine by the glass so you can try several if you so desire.

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    by nickandchris Written May 22, 2013

    Fondest memory: After our garden visits it was time to find somewhere to park up for the night. I knew of a place on the B709 heading northwards from Innerleithen.

    This proved to be an ok spot, despite there being a fair bit of traffic passing in the early evening. The weir where we were camped made for an excellent sound proofing from the road and we spent a peaceful night here.The ground is hard, so no fear of becoming bogged in.

    Opposite is a golf course and we enjoyed watching the golfing, mostly in the rain!

    There is a riverside footpath heading back in to Innerleithen which I walked along. I was amazed at the amount of wood piled up where the river had flooded. If i had lived there, i would have been dragging it home!

    Wild camping by the river, north of Innerleithen.
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