Galashiels, the largest town in the Scottish Borders, lies in the narrow valley of Gala Water, close to where it joins the River Tweed.
The town dates back to at least 1124 when it was referred to in a charter during King David I’s reign. Its heritage is celebrated in June each year with the Braw Lads’ Gathering.
Galashiels grew as a result of the expansion of the textiles industry in the 19th century. Despite that industry’s decline, the town remains an important commercial centre, hosting branches of several well-known national retailers. It is also home to the Scottish Borders Campus, which includes Borders College and the Heriot-Watt University School of Textiles and Design.