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Peebles is a genteel resort town on the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, and the historic county town of Peeblesshire. The town became a popular destination for Victorians from Edinburgh seeking the countryside, and with Fishing in the river, Hydropathic Hotels and other pursuits its luxury hotels attracted the upper end of society. The town also has a history as a market town, with mills on the riverbank, but today it is as a tourist destination that the town is best known, with a golf course, holiday parks and good walking country in the surrounding hills. Peebles is also within commuter distance of Edinburgh, and a number of other Borders towns.
The main road through the town is the A72, which still runs along the wide main street. The hills to the north and the growth of the town south of the river have limited options for a bypass, and so it seems that the traffic will continue to crawl through the town on the busier days. At the east end of town, the A703 terminates on the A72, having come south from the Capital. The last short section into town follows the line of the old railway, having been diverted eastwards from Northgate. The only other classified road in the town itself is the B7062, which crosses the historic Tweed Bridge and then turns east along the south bank of the river, mirroring the A72 to Innerleithen.
Despite there now being a sizeable area of modern housing south of the Tweed, there is still only one bridge across the river, which leads to a mini roundabout on the A72. The A72 itself, to the north of the junction, crosses a narrower bridge over the Eddleston Water, all of which can lead to blockages at peak times. Further west, just beyond the town, the A72 leaves the Tweed, and the B712 forks left to continue following the river as far as the A701.
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