GALASHIELS TOWN GUIDE
Galashiels, one of the biggest borders towns with apopulation in the region of 13,700, and is on the A7 just before it merges with the A72. It is located on Gala Water 14 miles North of Hawick. Was famous for its woolen industry and is a well known area for Tourism, Golfing and Cycling routes.
Galashiels at the heart of the Borders, lies in the narrow valley of the Gala Water, close to its meeting with the River Tweed.
The textile industry was the basis of the town's prosperity, reflected in the motto of the Galashiels Manufacturing Corporation, 'We dye to live and live to die'.
Lochcarron of Scotland Cashmere and Wool Centre offers tours of the weaving process, and within the mill, Galashiels Museum recalls the history of the town. Old Gala House, home of the Lairds of Gala for centuries, is now a museum and art gallery. Three miles east of the town is Abbotsford House, Sir Walter Scott's mansion on the banks of the Tweed.
There is Pay and Display parking in the town. Local publications include a town plan, mini-guide, town trail and countryside walks. In late June, the Braw Lad's Gathering is a week of ceremonies and events commemorating the town's history.Places of interest include Abbotsford House, Lochcarron of Scotland Cashmere and Wool Centre, Old Gala House & Christopher Boyd Art Gallery, Lindean Mill Glass, Torwoodlee Golf Club, Meadowfield Golf Range, Swimming Pool and Bowling Green. In the town and surrounding area there is an abundance of Galashiels accommodation to choose from with Hotel, Guest Houses, Bed & Breakfats and self catering
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