Galashiels is a burgh in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland,
on the Gala Water river. The name is often shortened to "Gala"
Galashiels is a major commercial centre for the Scottish Borders.
The town is known for textile making, and is the location of Heriot-Watt
University's School of Textiles and Design, Galashiels Academy and
one campus of the Borders College, which as of 2009 has moved and
now joins with the University.
To the west of the town there is an ancient earthwork known as the
Picts' Work Ditch or Catrail. It extends many miles south and its
height and width varies. There is no agreement about the purpose of
the earthwork. There is another ancient site on the north west edge
of the town, at Torwoodlee, an Iron Age hill fort, with a later
Broch built in the Western quarter of the hill fort, and overlapping
some of the defensive ditches of the original fort. The Romans
destroyed the broch in AD 140, soon after it was completed.
The town's coat of arms shows two foxes reaching up to eat plums
from a tree, and the motto is Sour Plums pronounced in Scots as soor
plooms. It is a reference to an incident in 1337 when a raiding
party of English soldiers were picking wild plums close to the town
and were caught by Scots who came across them by chance and
slaughtered them all.
Binniemyre Guest House
warm Scottish Borders welcome awaits you at Binniemyre Guest House
in Galashiels. Our large Victorian mansion affords you all the space
and privacy you need to relax with family or friends.
With a range of twin, double and family rooms, there is
accommodation at Binniemyre to suit everyone. We welcome group
bookings and also accept well behaved pets. There is ample private,
off-road parking for a number of cars and provision can be make to
securely store bicycles overnight.
We look forward to welcoming you to Binniemyre!
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