St. Ronan’s Wells
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. A well, several underground tanks, an ornamental pond and a herb garden can be seen in the grounds behind the pavilion. Parking, access and facilities for the disabled are provided.
Robert Smail’s Printing Works
Situated in the High Street Robert Smail’s Printing Works was formerly a family business. Founded in 1867 the printing works was run by three generations of the Smail family until 1986 when it was bought by the National Trust for Scotland. It is open to the public as a working museum where printing is done on the original machinery. Expert guides are on hand to conduct visitors through the works where they can observe the printing processes being carried out by the resident compositors.
Traquair House is reputedly the oldest inhabited house in Scotland. Owned by the family of Maxwell Stuart, scions of an ancient Scottish royal line, the house is a treasure trove of historical artefacts and records. The car entrance beside the famed “Bear Gates” is approximately 2 miles from Innerleithen and can be reached by taking the B709 to Traquair village and the B7062 in the direction of Peebles.
Fishing for trout and salmon is available (depending on the season) on angling association water on the River Tweed and Leithen Water.
Walking round the town, riverside, forestry, hill and Southern Upland Way.
Cycling – Tweed Cycle Way on B709/unclassified road to Peel via Elibank.
Mountain Biking – Innerleithen downhill track and glentress.
Golf – nine hole course one and half miles north of town, See link on left
Bowling – local club and green in Hall Street
SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN AND AROUND INNERLEITHEN
Innerleithen Golf Club