Things to do in Innerleithen

Mountain Biking in and around Innerleithen


Innerleithen is home to one of the best downhill tracks in the country and is part of the 7Stanes – covering 20km of Red, Black and Orange grades trails. The trails are well known for their quality, design and great facilities – including an Uplift Service, which is available most weekends.

Just 4 miles along the road towards Peebles is Glentress, which has been voted the Best Trail Centre in the UK. Glentress, also part of the 7Stanes, has superb cross country tracks, ranging from family friendly Green trails, all the way to a lung-busting Black XS route.

You can hire bikes, get spare parts for your own, or take classes to improve your skills at the bike shops (Alpine Bikes & iCycles)


Walking in and around Innerleithen


There are several excellent walking routes to choose from, such as around the town itself; down by the River Tweed; over the rolling Border Hills – taking in points of interest such as Eli Bank Castle and the Cheese Well; And on the surrounding hills of the Southern Upland Way.

Guided walks can be arranged – as can drop-off and pick-ups, so that that you can make the most of your time in the Scottish Borders.


Golfing in and around Innerleithen


Innerleithen has a great 9-hole golf course, set in one of the three valleys, with fantastic scenery, and is uniquely challenging.

Cardrona and Peebles are both 18-hole courses, and are only a couple of miles away – A golfer dream!


Fishing in and around Innerleithen


Fishing for trout and salmon is available (depending on the season) on the River Tweed and Leithen Water. Professional guidance and instruction on the River Tweed system is available from


Places to visit in and around Innerleithen


St Ronan’s Wells – Come and sample the water at this Victorian Health Spa

Smails Printing Works – Part of the National Trust

Traquair House – The oldest inhabited house in Scotland, dating back to 1107. Open Easter to end of November

Kailzie Gardens – Ospreys can be watched while walking through the beautiful Kailzie Gardens – There is also a restaurant

Abbotsford House – The home of Sir Walter Scott

Abbeys – Melrose, Jedburgh, Kelso and Dryburgh are all worth a visit



Places to eat in and around Innerleithen


Whistle Stop Cafe – Lovely little cafe on the High Street, serving great coffee, cake and other delicious food

The Saffron – Authentic Indian restaurant and takeaway – You won’t be disappointed! Staff are very friendly and do their very best to suit your taste



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