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
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.
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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
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.
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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