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Welcome to Galashiels Living

Galashiels Living is an online hub celebrating all that’s best about living in the Scottish Borders. Whether you live or work here, or are visiting the area, you’ll find lots of insider tips about where to eat, shop, and explore, as well as news and stories about what’s happening in the Galashiels area.

Galashiels is one of the largest Border towns. Close to the River Tweed, with a rich history and central to the region.  If you’re looking for a day out that covers everything from colourful gardens to fun child-friendly activities, look no further than Galashiels.

Old Gala House is the perfect place to being your exploration; the exhibitions in the historic house tell the story of the early development of Galashiels as well as the history of the house and the people who lived there.  Old Gala House has an impressive facade as well as tranquil gardens which provide the perfect setting for photographs.

If you enjoy colourful gardens you should also visit Bank Street Gardens. Originally called Scott’s place the street was renamed after the Royal Bank of Scotland took over the inn building. Shortly after the Second World War the garden’s grounds were given to Galashiels and have thrived since then. Filled with vibrant flowers the gardens provide the perfect resting place, with Cornmill Square and its view of the majestic clock tower just a short walk away.

Galashiels is now connected to Edinburgh by the Waverley railway line, the longest rail line to be built in over 100 years. The line terminates at Tweedbank and is within easy reach of many of the Border towns including Melrose, Selkirk, Lauder, Innerleithen and Peebles.

Take a look at what we’re proud of in this beautiful Borders town, and send us news about the places and people you want to shout about.

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The Four Abbeys of the Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders is rich in history and along with the many historic houses and buildings, the region has four magnificent ruined abbeys to explore.

These splendid abbeys are located at Melrose(4.5miles), Dryburgh(9.8miles), Kelso(17miles) and Jedburgh(18miles). All are within easy driving distance from Galashiels.


Visiting Edinburgh

Galashiels is just over an hour from Edinburgh and can be reached by car using either the A7 which goes through Galashiels and Stow or the A68 through Melrose and Lauder.

If you’re looking to explore the city for a day, watch a show or see the world renowned Edinburgh Military Tattoo then you can get the train at Galashiels Station. The Borders Waverley train to Edinburgh runs every half hour throughout the day with the last train leaving Edinburgh just before midnight.


Finding your way around Galashiels Living…

Front Page SnipIf you live or work in Galashiels or the surrounding area then check out the ‘My Galashiels’, ‘Young People’ and ‘Business’ sections from the top menu bar.

These three sections of the Galashiels Living website contain information and articles for the local community, local businesses and also for young people in the area.

The main menu bar provides links to shops and local businesses, hotels and restaurants, events and places to visit as well as the ‘Magazine’ sections that contains  features and articles.  All these sections of Galashiels Living are there for everyone living and working in the area as well as for those visiting Galashiels either for the day or longer.


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