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With so much to do on our doorstep, we’ve handpicked our top 10 favourites for you to explore in and around Peebles.

1. John Buchan Way

For the man who gave us The Thirty Nine Steps, there’s now a long-distance walk that will take you considerably more steps than that. It’s a 13 mile walk through the best of Tweeddale, beginning in Peebles. The route winds through the landscapes that inspired the writer – and ends at the John Buchan Centre in Broughton, where you can learn more about his life.

Along the way you’ll find picturesque views and rolling hills. Start at the west end of Peebles High Street, and follow the waymarked signs all the way. If you make it all the way to Broughton and don’t fancy the hike back, catch the bus to Peebles and you’ll be home in time for a bite to eat.

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2. Peebles Hydro Leisure Club

With a swimming pool, gym, steam room, Jacuzzi, and sauna, our Leisure Club is a great place to relax, or keep the kids amused on a rainy day. Come along for splash time every day between 4pm and 5pm, when we unleash the pool toys, floats and inflatables for what looks like borderline chaos.  It’s free to take part, just head along to pool.


Bring a £1 coin for the lockers!


3. Janet’s Brae

Janet’s Brae is a lovely bike ride for all the family – through woodlands, glens, and along riverbanks. It’s a seven-mile loop, free of traffic and it starts right next to the hotel. Take a picnic with you, or try out the bakery at the Park in Peebles (just five minutes from the Hydro) for a big slice of cake at the end.


There’s a slice of history at the Park as well: full of upcycled furniture, photos and fabrics reclaimed from the old March Street Mills – famous for its tweed.

4. Butterfly World

Walk among hundreds of free-flying exotic butterflies – and ogle at a whole host of other animals including reptiles, snakes and spiders. There are daily handling sessions for the braver kids, and snake feeding every Saturday at 4pm. Just outside Edinburgh, it’s a 20 minute drive from the hotel. EH18 1AZ for satnav. Families from £26.50.

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5. Peebles High Street

Shopping in PeeblesPeebles High Street is a short walk from the hotel – and it’s the heart of our thriving market town. Try the route along the banks of the Tweed if you feel like combining shopping with a nature walk – and keep an eye out for the markets that fill the vennels, just off the high street.

There are lots of local shops, and some well-known ones too. If you’re looking for gifts or things for the home, try Time & Tide, Tiger Lily, and Breeze. Pop in to Castle Warehouse in the old town and visit its fabulous cookshop.

For a bit more culture there are plenty of galleries to visit – as well as Eastgate Theatre for live music, plays, and comedy. And for a bit of respite, Peebles has no shortage of coffee shops to relax in – try the fresh croissants at The Park Bakery.

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6. Peebles Golf Club

A hidden gem of a golf course with gorgeous views over Peebles and the Borders countryside. The 6,138 yard, par 70 course has plenty of challenges for novices and weekend pros alike. You’ll get a discount on the usual green fee – and the clubhouse is family-friendly too. It’s just a mile from the hotel — drive through the town and turn right at Young Street then left at Kirkland Street.

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7. Glentress

One of Scotland’s best mountain bike trail centres is practically on our doorstep.  And with graded trails to suit everyone, there’s enough here to keep you free-wheeling for days.

Stock up on supplies at the Picnic Shop in the main corridor – you don’t want to run out of energy half-way round!  And no ride would be complete without a coffee stop:  head to the Peel Café for as much coffee and cake as you can manage.

The trails are open year-round, and it’s a short (car-free) spin from the hotel – just head over the hill next to Janet’s Brae.  If you’re driving, take a left at the hotel exit and head towards Cardrona.  The Glentress entrance is just a mile or so down the road on your left.

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8. Abbotsford House

Sir Walter Scott’s house sits on the banks of the River Tweed, full of the objects and artefacts that inspired a literary giant. You’ll find Rob Roy’s gun among the papers and letters in the house, and the formal gardens are beautiful.

Three miles east of Melrose you’ll find Scott’s View – where Scott would stop every time he passed on his way home. The three peaks of the Eildon Hills dominate the landscape, and it’s easy to see why he found inspiration here. Melrose is a 30 minute drive from the hotel – but you can walk there too. The walking route is 25 miles, and follows the Southern Upland Way; set aside a full day, and grab a packed lunch from the Picnic Shop.

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9. Micro Brewery and Gin Palace

How many bottles of gin can you fit in a greenhouse? That’s exactly the question we set out to answer – and you’ll find it in our Lounge. Speak to Gordon for a taste of something rare and delicious, as well as a few tips for recipes you can make at home. With over 90 to choose from, you’re bound to find a few favourites and maybe even one from your home town.


In the grounds you’ll find the Freewheelin Brewery, where our very own Peebles Hydro Ale is made. Just pop out of the main entrance and turn right towards the car park and you’ll see the brewery – ask at reception for tastings.

10. Great Polish Map of Scotland

It’s the largest 3D relief map in the world, a huge model of Scotland complete with lochs, mountains and glens in the grounds of Barony Castle in Eddleston. Built by a Polish war veteran stationed in the Borders, it’s an astonishing creation – and now a listed building. The castle is 5 miles north of the hotel on the A703. Head towards Leadburn and look out for signs on the left hand side. Use EH45 8QW for your satnav.