The Great Tapestry of Scotland

The new national Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre has generated global interest in Galashiels in recent months, presenting significant opportunities for local businesses to benefit.

The purpose-built national visitor attraction, where Scotland’s story will begin when it opens later this year, recently featured in a number of national newspaper’s as one of “the top 10 events for 2021”. News of its opening has also been shared by many key influencers like Outlander TV star Sam Heughan on social media. 

In addition to this, the Tapestry team has virtually met with tour operators from around the globe, all interested in bringing visitors to the town for unique and authentic textile and heritage experiences when restrictions allow.

Speaking of this interest, Great Tapestry of Scotland Centre Director Sandy Maxwell-Forbes said: “It’s incredibly exciting to see and hear that the Tapestry’s compelling visual storytelling of our history and heritage, alongside our programme of visiting exhibits and workshops, is really resonating with all those we speak to. 

“Our development is truly shining a positive global spotlight on Galashiels and the wider Borders region. We’ve already been recommending many local businesses to tour operators and travel media for inclusion in visitor’s itineraries, and there will be many more opportunities to come.”

From retailers, artisans, textile businesses and food service providers to accommodation providers, heritage sites, visitor attractions and local tour operators, there are many businesses who can benefit from the enhanced spotlight that the Tapestry is shining on the town.

If your business will be celebrating the opening of The Great Tapestry of Scotland, the team would like to hear from you. Email:  

One of the world’s longest tapestries, the Great Tapestry of Scotland tells a compelling account of Scotland’s history, heritage and culture through 160 panels, many of which also feature Borders’ connections. 

For more information visit 

The New Great Tapestry Of Scotland Gallery In Development September 2020

5a Bank St, Galashiels, TD1 1EN

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