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A Warm Welcome to Innerleithen

An original and friendly place.

Our town is the eighth largest settlement in the Scottish Borders with a population of almost 3,000 and is situated above the junction of Leithen Water and the River Tweed in the eastern part of Tweeddale. It is also twinned with Le Nouvion-en-Thiérache in France.

Innerleithen is an excellent centre for activities including golf, fishing and walking and has recently become a major centre for mountain biking at the famous ‘Inners’ track on the southern edge of town. The Southern Upland Way is also within easy reach as it passes through the tiny parish of Traquair about one and a quarter miles due south.

The local shops include:

  • modern Cooperative supermarket
  • chemist
  • two bakers
  • butcher
  • a delicious award-winning ice cream shop
  • post office & general store
  • two cafés
  • art galleries & picture framer
  • antiques shops selling everything from books to silverware
  • charity shop (local fundraising)

And if that wasn’t enough there is pet grooming parlor, two bike shops and a local artist studio.

Accommodation is generally of a high standard with providers having steadily upgraded their facilities (many supplying drying rooms, bike washes) from self catering, B&B, and Hotel rooms with private en-suite facilities. There are five licensed hotels, including a small private hotel, which offer excellent food and comfort, plus several high quality bed and breakfast and bunk-house self catering accommodation.

There are many other important clubs including bowling, and tennis and these are listed in the ‘Clubs and Organisations’ section of the Business Directory.

The nearest towns are Peebles (6 miles) and Galashiels (12 miles) which provide additional shopping or visitor opportunities. Glasgow, Edinburgh, Carlisle and Newcastle are within easy commuting distance. If coming from the north from the A7, the B709 from Heriot (14 miles) via Leithen Valley, offers a beautiful journey through rural countryside before gracefully descending (through the golf course!) into the town on its way south via Traquair to Yarrow Valley and St. Mary's Loch (15 miles).

Visitors and residents can enjoy a busy events calendar, particularly with musical and sporting events. There is an amazing array of local organisations, catering for a wide variety of interests. The two bands; Innerleithen Pipe Band and the Silver Band, add greatly to the culture and atmosphere of local events. For football fans Vale of Leven is our SFA football team and Leithen Rovers is a successful amatuer club. If you are a golfer, the nine-hole golf course is a must and with excellent fishing on the ‘Queen’ of rivers, Innerleithen truly is the place to make your home for recreation and leisure.

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