Holidays in Peebles
Peebles is a busy yet picturesque market town on the banks of the River Tweed, with individual and interesting high street shops, delightful places to eat and an historic setting. The town has a pretty High Street, secretive alleyways, medieval courtyards and a wide variety of independent shops – a distinctive character that helped Peebles win the title of Top Independent Retailing Town in Scotland and place second across the UK.
The Tweed is one of Scotland’s most famous and popular salmon fishing rivers (permits are needed). If you’re not an angler, there is still plenty to enjoy from the idyllic riverside paths and walkways along the river banks.
There is lots to see throughout Peebles, with highlights such as Neidpath Castle, an imposing four-story tower house that overlooks the river and is said to be haunted by the Maid of Neidpath; and Tweedale Museum, which hosts lively exhibitions displaying the region’s history from the prehistoric era through to the Dark Ages, Medieval period and to the Victorians and Edwardians.
Events in Peebles
An event calendar for Peebles includes something for just about everyone. The highlight of the year is Peebles’ annual Beltane Festival in June. The celebration marks the return of summer and includes a week of events such as the Riding of the Marches and the crowning of the Beltane Queen. Houses and shops are decked out in red and white, with school children kitted out in fancy dress. Peebles’ own Highland Games take place in September, when athletes from across the country compete in heavy events such as hammer throwing, caber tossing and a 60 yards dash in kilts. The day isn’t solely dedicated to the musclemen, there are pipe bands and highland dancing competitions providing a break from the strong man sports.
Every May, Peebles hosts its own International Jazz Festival with up and coming young acts, local legends, and even bands from across the world taking part. In August the town puts on an Arts Festival with galleries, exhibits and performances, plus there is also Peeblesshire Agricultural Show, which showcases the best of livestock breeds from the across Scotland.
Peebles Golf Course
Peebles Golf Club is renowned as one of the most picturesque courses in Scottish Borders and visitors can play from as little as £30 per round. The par 70-course is short yet challenging, with tights fairways, gentle rises and plenty of trees ready to gobble up wayward shots. The views are outstanding, the holes are varied and when you’ve completed your round there is a modern 19th hole and clubhouse.