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Selkirkshire - Galasheils


Galashiels is a burgh in the Scottish Borders, 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.
Robert Burns wrote two poems about Galashiels, "Sae Fair Her Hair" and "Braw Lads". The latter is sung by the some of the townsfolk each year at the Braw Lads Gathering. Sir Walter Scott built his home, Abbotsford, just across the River Tweed from Galashiels. The Sir Walter Scott Way, a long-distance path from Moffat to Cockburnspath passes through Galashiels.
There is some largely good-hearted rivalry between some of the Galashiels townsfolk and those of other border towns, particularly Hawick, the largest town in the Scottish Borders. Galashiels's citizens often refer to their rival as dirty Hawick while the 'Teries' retort that Galashiels's residents are pail merks, supposedly because their town was the last to be plumbed into the mains water system and so residents had to rely on buckets as toilets.
A tourism guide, based on the experiences of travellers, once described Galashiels as a place "which is hard to avoid" due to it being a transport hub and centrally based in the Borders and being "unwelcoming during the day" and having an "air of menace" about it at night.
Galashiels was also home to the author of the famous Scottish song, "Coulters Candy". Robert Coltart was a weaver in the town, but made confectionery also in near-by Melrose. The song was created as an advertisement, and hence was renamed as "Sugar Candy" when played by the BBC. The song is possibly better known by the first line of its chorus - "Ally, bally, ally bally bee". Coltart died in 1890.

Guest House/B&B Self Catering Hotel

Ettrickvale B&B

Tel: 01896 755224

At Ettrickvale you are guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome. We are a small, family run business situated on the outskirts of Galashiels but only about 10 minutes walk to town centre and all local amenities.

Recently refurbished to a high standard, our accommodation consists of 2 twin rooms with en-suite and 1 double bedded room with private bathroom. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, TV and are centrally heated. All rooms are on the ground floor and therefore easily accessible to able bodied and disabled visitors alike.
Evening meals/packed lunches are available by prior arrangement.
Off street parking.

We are only a 10 min drive from the historic town of Melrose, famous for its rugby and of course the ancient Melrose Abbey which holds the heart of Robert the Bruce.
We are also on the main bus route to Edinburgh, Carlisle and all other Border towns. Galashiels is in the centre of the Borders with Sir Walter Scott's house, the abbeys, castles, gardens and many other historical places of interest within the area.

We can also arrange taxis, transfers to or from Edinburgh/Glasgow, airport, station etc. 

It is also a very good area for walking with The Southern Upland Way and other walks close by. Fishing and golf are also very popular with many golf courses in the area. Freedom of the fairways golf passes can be arranged if required.

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