What to do in Tweed Valley

Make the most of your time in the beautiful Scottish Borders

About Innerleithen

Whether you’re interested in outdoor adventure, gastronomic delights, absorbing local history, or the chance to simply relax, you  will have it all on your doorstep when you stay at the Tweedside and Stravaig.

The Borders are a year-round holiday destination, and there are plenty of activities to enjoy in the sun, rain, and wild winds we sometimes experience!

Below we have included a variety of ideas for what to do in Tweed Valley to suit a range of interests, including activities for children (and those young at heart).

If you’re interested in something specific that we haven’t covered, feel free to reach out at any point during your stay! From the best local scones to spectacular viewpoints, we’re happy to share our local knowledge to help you enjoy an unforgettable holiday.

What To Do In Tweed Valley

Experience the best of Tweed Valley, Scotland

Renowned for world-class biking opportunities, many visitors travel to Innerleithen to check out the 7Stanes Trail Centre in Glentress, which is a quick ten-minute drive away from The Tweedside.

Located in the heart of Innerleithen forest, this expansive network of trails is a first-class location for any keen downhill riders. For a heart-pumping ride, check out the red-graded Innerleithen XC Trail, which is full of challenging jumps and drop-offs that will excite even the biggest thrill seekers.

There are also trails for less experienced bikers, alongside a
wildlife-watching hide, a café, a visitor’s centre, and plenty of gentle walks to suit those who want to keep their feet on the ground!

If you aren’t bringing your own bike with you, Tweed Valley
Bikes is based in Innerleithen and offers the opportunity to hire a
mountain bike so you can take to the trails.

There are also incredible road cycling routes, including the new Kirkpatrick Coast to Coast route – 250 miles of adventure around the Scottish Borders.

For more inspiration, check out Tweed Valley Blogger, a phenomenal local resource with information about biking, walking, and so much more!

Scotland is known as a cultural, literary, and artistic haven – and this rich history can be found in every corner of the Borders.

In Innerleithen, visit Traquair House – Scotland’s oldest inhabited house that once played host to Mary Queen of Scots. Then, venture further afield to Abbotsford House, home of Sir Walter Scott, and don’t forget to explore the gardens and wider estate.

Neidpath Castle, Thirlestane Castle, Bowhill House and Country Estate, and Melrose Abbey are all also well worth a trip.

Robert Smail’s Printing Works is a draw in Innerleithen, offering an insight into Scotland’s industrial history. Located in Galashiels is The Great Tapestry of Scotland, which introduces you to 420 million years of Scotland’s history, including battles, Romans, Vikings, and much more!

For those interested in more recent history, the Jim Cross Motorsports Museum is an hour away by car, and a must-visit for any racing fans.

Of course, you don’t have to partake in adrenaline-filled adventures. There are plenty of opportunities to take a break from the demands of daily life with an indulgent spa visit.

Visit the acclaimed Peebles Hydro to soak up a spa day in tranquil surroundings. Barony Castle is steeped in fascinating history – once you have explored the grounds, take a dip in the pool, and enjoy a treatment in the onsite spa.

Or perhaps take a trip to Stobo Castle Health Spa, Scotland’s only destination spa. Work up a sweat in the gym or tennis courts and reward yourself with a treatment – you deserve it!

Innerleithen and wider Tweed Valley have so much more to offer than biking.

Biggar Adventure facilitates a wide range of outdoor activities,
including rock climbing, abseiling, archery, and canoeing along the River Tweed.

For those interested in walking, Walk Highlands has a list of the best trails around Innerleithen and beyond, with a variety of lengths and difficulty levels available. The start point for many of the finest local trails is right on your doorstep – no need to get in the car!

For a fun day out for the whole family, visit Go Ape. Located
in Glentress Forest, this activity centre offers a Treetop Challenge and Scotland’s highest zip line! Or for something a bit gentler, take a trip to Velvethall Alpacas to trek through the beautiful countryside with an inquisitive furry friend by your side.

Fishing is also a popular activity here – especially in the summer when you might catch a glimpse of salmon leaping out of the water! To cast your line, you will need to book into one of the “beats” along the River Tweed – either Glenormiston Fishing Beat or Traquair Fishing Beat.

From mouthwatering gourmet pies from Pie to a rich cup of artisan coffee from No 1. Peebles Road, Indian cuisine at Saffron to hearty Italian and Gastro Food at Out Out Restaurant. There are a wide range of independent vendors for you to visit throughout Innerleithen and beyond.

When it comes to pubs, Tweed Valley has plenty of options. Check out our local brews at the Durty Brewing Tap Room or enjoy a cosy pink and traditional pub food at the Traquair Arms Hotel.

There is even a Tweed Valley Pub Trail you can follow, to discover the best spots across our local area!

Check out this list for even more delicious food and drink options in Innerleithen.

No matter what cuisine takes your fancy or where you choose to visit, you can be sure you will receive a warm welcome and the finest local hospitality.

A holiday in Innerleithen wouldn’t be complete without a day trip to
the Scottish capital.

Located just an hour away from Innerleithen, Edinburgh has something to delight every traveller. Learn about Scotland’s royal lineage at Edinburgh Castle, indulge in some retail therapy on Princes Street, travel through millions of years of history at the National Museum of Scotland, and view the city from above with the rewarding vantage point at the top of Arthur’s Seat.

Art galleries, independent coffee shops, underground vaults, and a myriad of world-class seasonal festivals and events…Edinburgh’s vibrancy will tempt you back time and time again.

And once you’re ready to leave the bustle of the city, The Tweedside is waiting to provide a comfortable and cosy space to unwind.

Helpful Links

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