The Hidden Streets of Peebles

One of the easiest ways to entertain the kids in Peebles is to go exploring down the little side-streets, ‘closes’ or ‘wynds’ that branch off the high street.

Pennel’s Close is a highlight. It’s the site of the Peebles Mural, a recently-completed commission by locally-based artist Michael Jessing that tells the history of the town. Here’s the artist at work.

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And here’s someone demonstrating the scale.

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Pennel’s Close contains a maze of hexagonal blocks, like a miniature Giant’s Causeway. It’s perfect for a spot of kiddie Parkour!

The Chambers Institution is further down the high street. It has a courtyard with a spectacular war memorial.

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School Brae meanwhile is a hotspot for craft shops…

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… and the delightful Leaven Deli.

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Parliament Square is a piece of history. It’s believed to be where the Scottish parliament once met in the fourteenth century.

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Other destinations are more prosaic. One passageway ends at a dentist’s.

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Another leads to a cute tearoom.

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This one leads to a…. is ‘hovel’ the right word?

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Some of the streets are not exactly scenic.

On a brighter note, some folk have been generous enough to open up their backyards to the public. This ‘community garden’ is a delight.

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But unfortunately this ‘secret garden’ is someone’s idea of a practical joke.


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Being explorers is thirsty work!

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