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8. Peebles

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Peebles

Fast, wide, tree lined and fringed with grassy banks, the river Tweed looks at its best at the market town of Peebles. The town has a relaxed, genteel air, its wide handsome Victorian High Street bordered by houses in a medley of architectural styles, and ending in the soaring crown spire of the Old Parish Church at the western end.
 
Halfway down the High Street is Tweedale Museum and Gallery (open Monday to Saturday), housed in the Chambers Institute. At one time it was filled with casts of the world's most famous sculptures, and although most have since been lost, the 'Secret Room' contains two handsome friezes, one a copy of the Elgin Marbles, the other of the Triumph of Alexander which was cast in 1812 to honour Napoleon.
 
Of the various walks through the hills surrounding Peebles, the five mile Sware Trail is one of the easiest and most scenic, weaving west along the north bank of the river and looping back to the south. On its way it passes Neidpath Castle, a gaunt medieval tower house perched high above the river on a rocky bluff.

Peebles Tourist Information Centre Address:
Tourist Information Centre
High Street
Peebles
EH45 8AG
Scotland, UK

Peebles Tourist Information Centre Opening Times:
Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm
Sunday 11.00am - 3.00pm

Peebles Tourist Information Centre Admission:
Free

T  +44 (0)870 6080404

F  +44 (0)1750 21886

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