Peeblesshire is in the heart of the hills where the Southern Uplands and the Lammermuir Hills merge. Of the shires along the Tweed it is the highest, and the one most filled with mountains.
The Tweed rises at Tweed’s Well, at the southern edge of Peeblesshire and runs north through the shire in a steep valley between the mountains, entering the fine area of Upper Tweeddale and shortly afterward reaching its northernmost point by Peebles itself before heading east and eventually into Selkirkshire. Glentress Forest is a vast woodland of Scots Pine, Douglas firs, spruce and larch.
The town of Peebles, the only town of any size in the county, was once a popular spa town. It is still a fine holiday destination.
County Town: Peebles
Main Towns: Broughton, Innerleithen, Peebles, Traquair, Tweedsmuir, West Linton.
Main Rivers: Tweed, Lyne, Manner, Leithen, Quair.
Highlights: Traquair House; Neidpath Castle; St Ronan’s Well, Innerleithen.
Highest Point: Broad Law, 2,754 feet.
Area: 548 sq miles
County Flower: Cloudberry