Galashiels lies right at the very heart of the Borders. Historically the town's prosperity was founded in the textile industry. Lochcarron of Scotland, one of the town’s popular textile visitor attractions offers a retail outlet, coffee shop and tours of the mill and production process.
The best known feature of the town is the impressive war memorial with its massive Border Reiver horseman - the work of local sculptor Thomas Clapperton. The Braw Lads Gathering in late June is the focal point of the local calendar commemorating the history of Galashiels.
Old Gala House, home of the Lairds of Gala for several centuries, is now a museum and art gallery set in landscaped gardens. Gala Aisle has been the burial place for the Lairds of Gala since the 17th Century and has recently been restored.
Cyclists can join the 90-mile Tweed Cycle Way in Galashiels, while hikers can join the Southern Upland Way as it passes through.
Two miles east of the town is Abbotsford House, Sir Walter Scott's mansion on the banks of the Tweed.
Nearby Stow is a village with history dating back to early Christian times and associations with King Arthur.
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Nearest VisitScotland Information Centres are in Melrose and Selkirk,
Nearest Visitor Information Point located at Galashiels Library, Galashiels
Visitor Information Service Tel: 01835 863170
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