Scottish Borders

A substantial and rather soulless village on the right bank of the River Tweed in the Central Scottish Borders, Tweedbank lies 2 miles (3 km) east southeast of Galashiels and a similar distance west of Melrose. The village was created from the 1970s comprising public housing built by the Scottish Special Housing Association and, later, the Eildon House Association. Centred around the picturesque Gunknowe Loch, Tweedbank benefits from a primary school and a sizeable industrial estate, which includes the headquarters of the Scottish Public Pensions Agency. Author Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832) made his home at Abbotsford, a half-mile (1 km) to the west southwest, while the Borders General Hospital lies a mile (1.5 km) to the southeast. Tweedbank is now the southern terminus of the Borders Railway. A station with a long island platform opened in 2015, with a large park and ride facility provided to service rail users travelling from other Borders towns. The Southern Upland Way passes alongside the River Tweed to the north of the village.

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