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Peeblesshire is a traditional county in the south of Scotland. It is the northernmost of the four counties that were brought together under Scottish Borders Council.

Geography & Economy

The A72, Peebles High Street

Peeblesshire is a small and sparsely populated county, with most of the population concentrated in the two towns of Peebles and Innerleithen. The south of the county is largely upland hills and forestry, as is the north east of the county, where the Pentland Hills form a natural barrier. Peebles lies astride the River Tweed, which is known for Salmon Fishing and so a series of hotels grew up in the Victorian era. Several of these still thrive, still drawing tourists into the heart of the county, both for the fishing, but also other outdoor pursuits in the surrounding landscape.

The old industries of mills along the rivers have mostly gone, but the county is now on the fringes of the commuter belt for Edinburgh, the A702 providing a relatively direct route into the capital. The arrival of the Borders Railway a few miles to the east in Galashiels can only help this, and bring more tourism to the area.


The A701 north of Tweedsmuir

The A72 is the main east-west route across the county, following the River Tweed, with other roads heading north towards Edinburgh. Only the A701 heads to the south of the county, crossing the hills to Moffat. Away from the towns and valley floors there are few unclassified roads, the road across the hills from Cappercleuch to Tweedsmuir in the south being the main exception.

Most non-trunk roads within the traditional county are maintained by Scottish Borders Council. The only trunk road is the A702, which is managed by Transport Scotland.

Route From To Length


A72 Hamilton Galashiels 52.2 miles View
A701 Dumfries Edinburgh 71.6 miles View
A702 Edinburgh St John's Town of Dalry 83 miles View
A703 Hillend, south of Edinburgh Peebles 17.9 miles View
A721 Maryville Kirkdean 34.0 miles View
A752 Kaimrig End Moffat 26.5 miles View
A753 Carnwath Kirkdean 10.0 miles View   
B705 Leadburn Blyth Bridge 9.2 miles View
B709 Heriot Langholm 57.6 miles View
B712 Hallyne Rachan 7.5 miles View
B713 Kaimrig End Moffat 26.5 miles View
B714 Carnwath Kirkdean 9.9 miles View
B7016 Rootpark Broughton 19.0 miles View
B7059 West Linton Drochil 6.8 miles View
B7062 Peebles Traquair 7.4 miles View
B7088 Horsbrugh Ford Cardrona 0.4 miles View     
T89 West of Biggar Edinburgh View


Primary Route
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Former Motorway
Defunct Route
E Road
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Historical Route
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Roman Road
Unbuilt Motorway
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National Cycle Network
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Eurovelo Cycle Route


Main Article: Junctions in Peeblesshire

Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Crossings in Peeblesshire

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