Innerleithen Scottish Borders
Innerleithen is a few miles west of Galashiels and has many attractions worth visiting. This was the spa town of the Scottish Borders and still has many of the original spa attractions which include the spring water. Straight from the hills. In the hills Windyknowe is an iron age fort with standing stones worth the walk
St Ronan’s Well
St. Ronan’s Wells is a pavilion overlooking the Leithen valley. Built by the Earl of Traquair circa 1822 for visitors to the spa. The present building has been modernised and rebuilt in 1896 to give indoor bathing and a bottling plant. The spring is still in use to this day and visitors can sample the spring water at St. Ronan’s Wells. An information centre to the well and its history are inside and to the rear is a garden with a pond herb garden.
Robert Smail’s Printing Works
Robert Smail’s printing works is still in working order and gives a true sense of who a Victorian printers worked. The site is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
The Cuddy Brig
The Cuddy Brig, is a stone-built arch over the Leithen Water at Leithen Road. Built in 1701 to enable as the only crossing point of the Leithen Water.
World War II Memorial
The Memorial to the fallen in World War II,
World War I Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall, built in 1922 to commemorate those who served in World War I.
Robert Burns Plaque
Robert Burns visited St Ronan’s Well in Innerleithen in May of 1787.
The Town Garden
A garden structured as a map of the Leithen Valley Situated
Jenny’s Well named after Jenny Baptie who, died in 1915, She was famous for her home-made sweets which she sold from her cottage across from the well.
The Runic Cross
The Runic Cross is a medieval Celtic Cross which has intricate carvings, it can be seen on the eastern wall of Innerleithen Church in Leithen Road.
The inscription on reads:
Shaft of Runic Cross found in foundation of Old Parish Church Innerleithen when demolished in 1871 by Robert Mathison Esq.
Windy Knowe Iron Age Fort
The two small hills Caerlee and Windy Knowe, give a great view of Innerleithen and the Tweed Valley. On the top of Wind Knowe are 7 cairns in a circle which give an outline to dwelling houses of Iron Age settlement. Carvings on top of the cairns give the historic past of Innerleithen from the Iron Age.
Close to Innerleithen stands Traquair House said to be the oldest inhabited house in Scotland. Owned by the family of Maxwell Stuart. This is a Historic must see when in Scotland for Scottish residents and foreign visitors.