Innerleithen travel guide

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Innerleithen is a small town in the Scottish Borders. It lies south of Edinburgh near the border to England. Most people travel here to enjoy the annual town festival or the many mountain biking hills nearby.

Tip read: Eat for free in Innerleithen

How to get there


If you are flying into the UK to get to Innerleithen you will likely be flying to Edinburgh. This is the closest airport to the small town but you can also get to Innerleithen within two hours from Glasgow or Newcastle (by car.)

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A lot of people from around Scotland and England actually drive to Innerleithen. This can be easier for those coming here to mountain bike because they can add all of their bikes into the back of a van and get here in a day. You will come into the town on the main road from one of two directions only. It is pretty easy to navigate your way through the High Street.

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If you are coming in by bus it is the same situation as driving yourself. There is only one bus that comes here and its the 62 by First Bus/Border Bus. It comes from the Edinburgh direction or from Galashiels.

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You can also book a Taxi and there are plenty of good ones in the area which you can pre-book to pick you up.

Where to stay?

If you are looking for a hotel I would suggest trying the Tweedside Hotel. It is in the middle of the High Street, near plenty of eating options (including its own bar and restaurant) and the owner is really friendly and accommodating.

dishes you need to try at The Tweedside Hotel

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There are plenty of hotels and guest houses but there are also alternative options on AirBnb. You can save yourself £30 on AirBnb by clicking here.

Tip read: The best places to eat in Innerleithen

Where to eat?

We have tried almost all of the eateries in Innerleithen and can vouch for a few of our favourite. If you want a takeaway delivered to your accommodation try the local Chinese by calling 01896 209 298. We highly recommend the spicy chips and curry sauce. Delicious. If you are feeling more adventurous why not order their ‘Munch Box’ and sample a whole range of Chinese surprises.

If you want to try something Scottish, but with a twist, head to the Tweedside Hotel and order food at the bar. You can get haggis bites and haggis nachos or you can opt for a more traditional macaroni cheese or steak pie. All equally delicious.

While you are here make sure to try the award winning and famous ice cream from Caldwells Ice Cream shop. It is easy to find plopped on the end of the High Street nearest the coop.

What to do?

Tip read: Unmissable experiences in Innerleithen

There is a lot to do in Innerleithen. Most people come here to bike the hills around town and in Glentress. There is so much more to Innerleithen than hills though. Why not check out the oldest printer works still running? Or explore the Gardens at St.Ronans Wells?

There are plenty of nature trails, or pub crawls if you fancy, to try around town. There are playparks for the children and you can enjoy a picnic down where two rivers meet and enjoy watching the calm water roll by.

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Tip read: How you can eat for free in Innerleithen

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