Walking Support/Baggage Transfer
Providing door to door baggage transfer to walkers and cyclists in South East Scotland, the Borders Abbeys Way, Sir Walter Scott Way and eastern section of the Southern Upland Way.
Walking Support moves your baggage from your hotels, B&Bs or hostels so you can enjoy the countryside without having to carry a heavy rucksack, backpack or panniers.
Using our own vehicles and drivers in every transfer* you can be sure that your luggage transfer will be handled with care and delivered while you are enjoying the walking or cycling experience.
*Our practice has been and remains to always undertake the transfer without referral to any other business, however specifically at peripheral points and at the start and end of the walking season, in particular, we may exercise the right to involve a third party.
Peebles Cycling Club
Peebles is at the centre of the wonderful cycling in and around the Tweed valley and the Peebles Cycling Club reflects the diversity in the area. Many cyclists will be aware of the attractions of the Glentress complex of mountain biking trails and the Innerleithen downhill and cross country courses, built as part of the 7 stanes. We also have a network of excellent and quiet country roads for training and touring rides.
PCC has over 200 members whose activities range through touring, audax, track racing, timetrialing, road racing, cross country and downhill MTB.
The Saturday Club Run meets at Kingsmeadows Carpark for a 9.30am start.
Mary Queen of Scots’ Visitor Centre
This 16th Century Tower House, set in a pear-tree garden in the heart of Jedburgh, explores the life of Scotland’s tragic queen (who stayed here in 1566) through paintings, textiles and objects associated with her.
Admission free – open March to November.
Eyemouth Leisure Centre
The swimming and toddler pools are always a hive of activity, with Early Morning Swims for the energetic and dedicated, Swimming Lessons for the young and not so young and fun sessions with the numerous toys, inflatables and chutes. The centre is also home to a new and improved gym, with panoramic views of the sea, and is fitted with the latest cardio-vascular and resistance training equipment. The Centre welcomes cyclists visiting the Scottish Borders.
Tweeddale Museum & Gallery
The Chambers Institution was established by William Chambers, one of the founders of the famous publishing house in 1859. The museum and gallery present a lively programme of exhibitions in this historic building throughout the year.
The Chambers’ Room houses the extraordinary friezes commissioned by William Chambers and also a permanent exhibition on the history of Peebles and the surrounding area.
Admission free – open all year
Happy Trails Cycle Workshop
Based in Galashiels – bike repairs, and also a mobile service.
Borders Brake-away enjoys cycle rides at a sociable leisurely pace across the Borders or further afield, mainly on quiet country roads or good tracks, stopping at tea rooms, scenic spots and places of interest. Mileage varies but is often around 50 miles taking most of the day. Although they can’t guarantee the weather, they can guarantee friendly company, healthy exercise, great scenery and usually a tea room or two for lunch or cakes; please feel welcome to join them. For more information and our current programme, please contact them directly.
In addition to a varied programme of exhibitions and workshops, the Museum houses permanent displays exploring the history of the parish, burgh and its people from priory to provost, trade to twinning, the Found and the Fallen. Our Guards Gallery ‘Second to None’ tells the story of The Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards at home and away, from 17th century to the present day.
Other features include an indoor children’s play area, shop and a courtyard with picnic table.
Admission free – open April t0 October.
Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum
Get a taste of life behind bars in this 1820s jail – a model prison in its day but now a bit spooky! Discover the history of the Royal Burgh of Jedburgh too. An impressive building with fine views. Featured on the television programme ‘Most Haunted’.
Admission free – open March to October.
A gym and exercise facility in Galashiels, which welcomes cyclists visiting the Scottish Borders.
Dawyck Botanic Garden
Renowned for its seasonal displays, an abundance of exotic and native plants provides a breathtaking backdrop of colour throughout the year. Enjoy the award-winning visitor centre.
Admission charge – open February to November.
Borders Cycles are based in the centre of Hawick and offer bike repair and sales.
Smailholm Tower is one of the most evocative sights in the Border country. Its stark form is a dominant feature in the rolling landscape of the Tweed valley. Smailholm’s story takes us from the 15th century to just beyond the Union between Scotland and England in 1707.
Admission charged – open all year
Selkirk Leisure Centre
Selkirk Leisure Centre offers something for everyone with a swimming pool, sauna, fully equipped gym and cafe area with vending machines.
There is an excellent activities programme offering a great mix of fitness and fun for all the family and a comprehensive swimming lesson programme, which encompasses swimming for all. The Centre welcomes cyclists who are visiting the Scottish Borders.
Kelso Wheelers Cycling Club
Based in Kelso, the club runs a number of events and offers Sunday social rides for those wanting to build up a bit of fitness, are new to road cycling or just want to socialise.
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre
Exhibitions and countryside walks, craft businesses, gift shop and tea room. The 4 Abbeys Cycle Route passes by Harestanes.
Bowhill House & Country Estate
For more than seven centuries the Scotts of Buccleuch have been part of Scottish Borders history and their principal house, Bowhill is today home to the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry. Bowhill sits at the heart of an energetic country estate amidst the magical scenery of the Yarrow and Ettrick valleys. Mountain biking, walks and wildlife are all on offer alongside a gift shop and tea room.
Admission charged. House open July-August, the Estate has various opening times from April-August, please check.
Discover passionate collectors, racing legends, famous painters and local history in a historic house within a beautiful Victorian park. There is always something new to see with a lively programme of changing art and museum exhibitions throughout the year.
Admission free – open all year
Jedburgh Abbey is on the 4 Abbeys Cycle Route. Founded in 1138, it was a frequent target for invading border armies.
Today, there is a cloister and herb garden to explore, and a visitor centre containing 8th century carvings and artefacts excavated from the abbey grounds.
Admission charge – open all year.
Based in Peebles, bike hire, sales and repairs.
Scottish Borders Bike Hire
Scottish Borders Bike Hire provide a bike hire service and will also drop the bikes off with you if you are not based in Hawick.
Glentress Bike Hire
Based in Peebles, bike hire, sales and repairs.
Gala Cycling Club
Gala Cycling Club is a well established club. The history of the club can be traced back to the 1930s. The club is forging ahead with new initiatives.
Our calendar is in excess of 40 events made up of a number of time trials, open events, sportives and audax. Alongside these we offer indoor training sessions on Wednesdays, training runs on Thursdays and Sundays. We are set in the heart of the Borders covering some of the finest routes throughout the local area incorporating stunning views and brutally challenging climbs.
It is essential to visit our website to check what we have on offer.
Priorwood Garden & Dried Flower Shop
Enjoy Priorwood Garden’s glorious herbaceous borders, which produce flowers that are dried, or simply relax in the sheltered gardens or lovely old orchard.
Set in the Scottish Borders at Lauder, Thirlestane Castle has its origins in the 13th century. It was rebuilt as the Maitland family home in 1590 and greatly enhanced by the Duke of Lauderdale in the 1670s. In 1840, it was extended and refurbished with the addition of two new wings.
The Maitlands are a famous Scottish family who first came to Britain from France with William the Conqueror. As the seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale, the Castle has at times held a central role in the history of Scotland. Now in the care of a Charitable Trust, Thirlestane has been carefully restored to its former splendour.
Open April until September – times vary, please check. Admission charge.
Based in Innerleithen, bike sales and repairs.
Jim Clark Room
A must for all fans of Formula One racing!
Opened by Jackie Stewart and dedicated to Berwickshire man, Jim Clark (1936 – 1968), the museum provides a comprehensive account of Clark’s motor racing career from district club competition to World Championship Formula One. Displays include trophies, awards, photographs, model cars and racing memorabilia.
Admission free – open April to October.
Apline Bikes, Glentress
Based at the Glentress Peel, bike hire, sales and repair.
Rock UK Adventure Centre
Rock UK are based in Newcastleton and offer a broad range of activities for residents and non-residents. They also offer bike hire.
Philiphaugh Estate and Waterwheel Restaurant
The Philiphaugh Estate has much to offer the visitor with walks, walled gardens, plenty of wildlife to enjoy, salmon viewing and the Waterwheel Restaurant.
John Thorburn & Sons
Bike sales and repairs in Duns.
Based in Innerleithen, bike hire, sales and repairs.
Cycle repairs, wheelbuilding, servicing and spares.
From a puncture to a complete strip and rebuild we can do it and with over 20 years experience you can trust us with your bike.
Hawick Cycles are also an agent for Dawes cycles.
Old Gala House Museum & Art Gallery
An impressive building with a history spanning five centuries. Discover the story of Old Gala House, its inhabitants and the early development of Galashiels.
Facilities include exhibitions, family history research, children’s events, tea room, audio guide, gifts & souvenirs, gardens and free car parking.
Admission free – open all year.
P & S Dorricott
Based in Jedburgh, bike hire, sales and repairs.
Gytes Leisure Centre
A place that has something for everyone, The Gytes Leisure Centre includes a gym, sports hall, an Astro Turf pitch, a soft play area, a meeting room and a vending café area. The centre also boasts new group exercise/dance studio and also an indoor cycling studio. A large number of activities are offered at the Gytes making excellent use of the wide range of facilities. We also sell fishing permits for both the Town and Crown waters. The Gytes welcomes cyclists visiting the Scottish Borders.
Diamond Cycle Centre
Diamond Cycle Centre offers bike hire, repairs, sales and delivery and pick up.
Charlotte’s Tandems is a Registered Charity that lends tandems at no cost to people with disabilities and special needs, so that they can enjoy the wonders of cycling on the open road.
To find out more and to see where you can find a tandem in your area, please visit their website.
Robert Smail’s Workshop
A unique example of our industrial heritage in the form of a fully operational Victorian Letterpress Printing Works in the Borders town of Innerleithen.
Admission charged – open April to October.
Melrose Abbey is on the 4 Abbeys Cycle Route.
Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale with lavishly decorated masonry. The Abbey is the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart, marked with a commemorative carved stone plaque within the grounds. Visitors can also visit a small museum housing a display of artefacts found within the abbey.
Admission charged – open all year.
Simon Porteous Cycles
Based in Kelso, bike sales and repairs.
Peebles Swimming Pool
At Peebles Swimming Pool you are welcomed into a warm, relaxing family-orientated centre that offers a unique mix of fitness, fun and relaxation for all ages.
The centre features an excellent swimming pool with glass walls allowing visitors to enjoy panoramic views of the River Tweed. Other facilities include a toddler pool, steam room and vending café. The Pool welcomes cyclists visiting the Scottish Borders.
Dancing Light Gallery
Dancing Light Gallery is an exciting rural art gallery with changing exhibitions throughout the year where you can find landscape, wildlife and figurative paintings as well as handmade orginal prints and photographs. They also exhibit sculpture, wood, glass and ceramics. Textile works are also available with scarves and handbags made from Scottish wool and fabrics. They are based at Whitmuir The Organic Place where there is a restaurant.
St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre
St. Ronan’s Wells is an attractive pavilion situated on the hillside overlooking the Leithen valley. Originally constructed by the Earl of Traquair in the 1820s to provide a comfortable retreat for visitors to the spa, it was largely rebuilt and extended in 1896 to accommodate indoor bathing facilities and a bottling plant. The spa was frequented by Sir Walter Scott as a boy and to this day hundreds of visitors come each year to sample the spring water which is still “on tap” at St. Ronan’s Wells. A browse round the interpretative centre will reveal its long and interesting history in some detail.
Admission free – open April to October.
Christopher Rainbow Tandem and Bike Hire
Based near Jedburgh, tandem and bike hire.
Auchencrow Thistle Cycling Club
Auchencrow itself is a small village which lies about 14km from Eyemouth to the east and the same distance to Duns in the west. The area boasts some of the most traffic free roads in Scotland and has the advantage of the long steep climbs of the Lammermuir hills to the immediate north and the flatter lands of the Merse to the south. Auchencrow Thistle has Sunday runs leaving from Duns.
Bike sales, hire and repair based in the centre of Melrose.
Hawick Cycling Club
Hawick Cycling Club offers club runs takes place every Sunday at 10am. To find out more visit the club’s website.
Go-Where are based in Innerleithen and have a mini bus and trailer for transferring people and bikes within the Borders and beyond. They also offer a guided service and GPS loaded with routes.
Dryburgh Abbey is on the 4 Abbeys Cycle Route. It sits by the River Tweed and is remarkably complete medieval ruins makes it easy to appreciate the attractions of monastic life.
The abbey buildings were destroyed by fire three times and ravaged by war on four occasions but fine examples of ecclesiastic architecture and masonry remain, and its chapter house reveals plaster and paintwork dating back to its inception.
Admission charge – open all year.
Celtic Bicycle Wheels
A new business on the cycling scene in the Scottish Borders offering hand built bespoke wheel builds for cyclists.
Galashiels Swimming Pool
Set away from the hustle and bustle of the town, Galashiels Swimming Pool takes full advantage of its beautiful setting with a panoramic view of natural woodland from the poolside. This unique award-winning swimming pool has two shallow ends, ideal for lessons, rehabilitation and children’s fun sessions. Also available are 4 multi-courts suitable for football, tennis, team sports and parties. The pool welcomes cyclists visiting the Scottish Borders.
Teviotdale Leisure Centre
Teviotdale Leisure Centre has an outstanding swimming pool which can be a hive of activity or a peaceful haven depending on the programmed activity; a toddler pool; a flume slide and a steam room at the poolside for relaxation. On the dry side there is a modern gym offering a wide range of up to date equipment. After a hard workout, relax in the Oasis café while children can play in the soft play centre giving them a stimulating and fun experience in a secure environment. The Centre welcomes cyclists visiting the Scottish Borders.