3G Arena

3g Arena B&w

The Stadium, locally referred to as the 3G Arena, was designed by the architect Peter Womersley with Ove Arup engineers. The stand is noted as an outstanding example of “Late Modernist Formalism” in Scotland. The cantilevered canopy projects over the raised seating area and the ground floor of the building houses changing rooms and a […]

High Mill

High Mill B&w

Galashiels used to play a major part in the textiles industry and was home to many mills. To this day, the town has strong ties with the industry, being home to Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design. The High Mill, built for Adam Cochrane and Brothers, is the best remaining example of a high […]

Gala Aisle

Gala Aisle B&w

This burial aisle is the second-oldest building on this trail and is part of the Old Town Cemetery. The Aisle, also known as the Scott Aisle, was added in 1636 by Hugh Scott, the Laird of Gala, as a burial aisle next to the former kirk that was built in 1617. This kirk was demolished […]

Galashiels Church of Scotland, formerly Old Parish and St Paul’s Church

Old Parish B&w

This church is stunning in the daylight, but if you get a chance to walk past it at night too, you’ll see it in a completely different (flood)light! Originally built as St Paul’s Church and renamed Old Parish and St Paul’s Church in 1931, it was designed by Hay and Henderson and cost £13,000 (equivalent […]

Old Gala House

Old Gala House B&w

This building is the oldest on this trail – and probably one of the oldest buildings in town! Old Gala House dates back to the 16th century and retains its original “bastle” house in the heart of the building, which was subsequently extended many times over the next centuries. The house was originally built by […]

Galashiels Bowling Club Pavilion

Bowling Club B&w

The Galashiels Bowling Club pavilion is a good example of the ‘Arts and Crafts’ style, with an “English” half-timbered approach to the frontage. It is unusual in being a two-storey design with a balcony, though this was presumably done in part because of the limited overall site area. Later in 1892, a similar two-storey half-timbered […]

Burgh Chambers and War Memorial

Burgh Chambers B&w

The original Burgh Chambers were built in 1867. Extensive additions and alterations were made by the leading Scottish architect, Sir Robert Lorimer, in the 1920s, including the tower incorporating the War Memorial, the carved figure of peace, and the statue of a Border Reiver in front. The tower clock includes a carillon of bells which […]

Fountain at Cornmill Square

Fountain B&w

Would you believe us if we told you that a mill used to sit right here? Galashiels Cornmill, which originally occupied this site, was demolished by the town council in the 1910s as part of an early improvement plan. The fountain makes use of the mill lade which runs through the heart of the town […]

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Rbs B&w

The Royal Bank of Scotland owns some beautiful buildings – including their branch in Galashiels. The building, which used a pre-war design for the National Bank of Scotland and was built on the site of an earlier bank building, is the reason why ‘Bank Street’ got its name. It is the largest building facing onto […]

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

Tapestry B&w

The brand-new Great Tapestry of Scotland Visitor Centre was commissioned to provide a permanent display for the Great Tapestry of Scotland and was designed by Page and Park Architects. The layout of the building allows for the display of all the tapestry panels in a series of top-lit bays. The windows at the corner of […]

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