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Tweed Valley Familiarisation Day
Fri 31 March 2017, 09:00 – 17:00 BST
Experience the Natural and Cultural Wonders of the Tweed Valley
Friday 31st March 2017
Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and Southern Uplands Partnership would like to invite tourism business owners and their staff to a memorable day out exploring the Tweed Valley. The itinerary has been developed to help showcase the Borders unique natural and cultural heritage sites to tourism partners so they in turn can promote with confidence, the areas unique attractions. We invite you to join us on a day out exploring the Tweed Valley. The day will allow you to meet and network with fellow tourism providers from the Borders area and to experience some of the fantastic heritage sites to be found in the Tweed Valley.
We have an exciting day’s programme lined up that includes guided tours of the following: Pirn Fort, Jenny’s Well, The Great Polish Map of Scotland, Traquair House and Brewery and Robert Smail’s Printing Works. Throughout the day we’ll treat you to refreshments and a fantastic lunch made entirely from local produce. SBC, SNH and SUP staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Starts at 09:00 (Borders Railway Station Tweedbank) back by 17:00/17:30
09:00 – 09:15 Meet at Borders Railway Station, Tweedbank
09:15 – 09:30 Take bus to Innerleithen
09:35 – 10:25 Guided tour with SBC Ranger and Archaeologist to Pirn Fort - gentle climb through woodland to the summit of a 2,000 year old fort where there are stone sculptured panels and stunning views.
10:30 – 11:10 Morning coffee and Caldwell’s Award Winning Ice Cream break at Jenny’s Well followed by a short stroll to Kirkland’s Graveyard where Archaeologist will point out 16th and early 17th C gravestones
11:15 -11:35 Depart on bus for Eddleston
11:40 -12:25 Arrive Barony Castle and tour the grounds with SBC Ranger taking in the tree lined avenues and follies before arriving at the Great Polish Map of Scotland. The map is a globally unique feature, sculpted in concrete and measuring some 40m by 50m. The map is surrounded by water to highlight the coastline and rivers of Scotland.
12:30 -13:40 Picnic lunch at Great Polish Map made from a selection of local produce by chefs at Mercure Peebles Barony Castle Hotel (weather permitting, inside hotel if wet)
13:45 -14:10 Take bus to Traquair
14:15 – 15:30 Traquair House and Brewery. Dating back to 1107, Traquair was originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland and is Scotland's oldest inhabited house. Guided tour of the house, brewery and grounds (weather permitting) followed by tea/coffee and homemade shortbread in the Drawing Room.
15:35 -15:45 Take bus to Innerleithen
15:45 – 16:30 Book binding/printing demonstration at NTS Robert Smail’s Printing Works and tour of works
16:35 – 16:55 Take bus to Tweedbank
17:00 Arrive at Borders Railway Station, Tweedbank
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Borders Railway Station, Tweedbank
Borders Railway Tweedbank