Galashiels is one of the largest towns in the scenic Scottish Borders with a population of 12,670. It is centrally situated in the Borders with good bus links across the Borders and a rail link to Edinburgh, all based on the Transport Interchange.
On 20 September 2019, a statue was unveiled in Market Square to remember Robert Coltart, author of the famous children's rhyme Ally Bally Bee. He penned Coulter's Candy in the 19th Century to help sell his home-made confectionery as he travelled around the Borders.
Housing is a wide mixture of owner occupied, Housing Association and private rentals. The town is served by 5 primary and 1 secondary schools. Employment is in the public sector, Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders and, in the private sector, in a wide variety of retail, commercial and small industrial businesses.
There are 4 general medical practices and 3 dental practices. Hospital services, including Accident & Emergency are 3 miles from the town at Borders General Hospital.
Amenities include a cinema, MacArts Centre, a number of licensed premises, most of which offer meals and a number of shops, some privately owned, some chains and 2 large supermarkets.
Lovely Bank Street Gardens is in the centre of the town and there are several other parks and green spaces as well as views from most of the town to the Borders’ countryside, especially the Eildon Hills.
Old Gala House has a museum and meeting spaces. Other facilities include the Volunteer Hall, Focus Centre, Langlee Centre and the Fifth Ward Hall.
Bank Street Gardens in Spring
Gala Water flows through the town to join the River Tweed, famous for salmon fishing, on the edge of Galashiels
Old Gala House Museum and Gardens, a peaceful place to relax close to the town centre