The Jewel of the Borders
Nestled amongst the rolling Border hills in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the gorgeous Borders town of Peebles straddles the glorious River Tweed - world renowned for its salmon fishing. The towns motto is drawn from its strong association with the Tweed - "CONTRA NANDO INCREMENTUM" or "increase by swimming against the current" - but the river is only one of the many treasures that Peebles has offer.
Made a Royal Burgh in 1152 by King David I of Scotland, Peebles has for many years been a market town cherished by locals and visitors alike, valued for its picturesque and unspoilt character.
Peebles is also widely being recognised as an arts destination town and many visitors make the trip to enjoy the wide range of local contemporary and traditional art available. The 240 seat Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre is a centre of excellence attracting touring theatre companies, performing visual arts, dance, craft, music and cinema all year round.
Peebles is town for all seasons, its setting and character will take your breath away. Get to know Peebles with a stroll along our timeless High Street, meander in and about the alleyways and medieval closes and enjoy stunning walks along the River Tweed which have barely changed over the passing centuries.
Peebles is also a festival town with a number spectacular annual celebrations taking place. The famous week-long Beltane Festival showcases local legend, traditions and history; the Rugby Sevens tournament is keenly contested; music takes centre stage with the Peebles Jazz Festival. The renowned Arts Festival grows in stature each year as does the Peebles Food Festival. These are just a few of the superb festivals taking place - for more information, visit our 'attractions' page.
Peebles has also earned the distinction of being ranked as the Top Independent Retailing Town in Scotland, and second in the UK, for its range of independent shops and 'home town' identity in contrast to the ubiquitous 'cloned towns' common throughout the rest of the country.