Our Tweed Valley: Guy & Lesley Wotherspoon, Glede Knowe

  • Guy & Lesley on the terrace at Glede Knowe


Following a lengthy stint working in corporate jobs down south, Guy and Lesley Wotherspoon returned to Scotland last year to take over the running of Glede Knowe Guest House in beautiful Innerleithen. We caught up with them to find out just why living and working here has proved such a breath of fresh air

You’ve now spent a couple of seasons running Glede Knowe – how has it gone so far?

Our first... Read more

Learning to fly

  • One to one: Jess and Kelvin
  • The use of slo-mo video helps pinpoint areas for improvement
  • Colin practicing his take-off ...
  • ... and Kelvin perfecting his landing
  • Kelvin, Jess and Colin ... big smiles were the order of the day
  • Heading back up the trail for yet another shot
  • Jess taking it to the next level ...
  • Kelvin took some Scottish skills back to Singapore with him


When one of Scotland’s leading mountain bike tuition companies offered the chance to join other riders on a course to improve technique and boost confidence on jumps and drops, I couldn’t resist a shot. But, as we all discovered, first we had to unlearn a few things …

It’s not often that you have an opportunity to learn from an elite rider, but that’s exactly what is on offer as we gather at... Read more

Historic houses and gardens – five to try

  • Bowhill House and Country Estate
  • Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott
  • Traquair House
  • Part of the walled garden at Kailzie Gardens
  • The cafe and visitor centre at Dawyck Botanic Garden

As befits an area with such a rich and varied history, the Tweed Valley is home to a variety of historic houses, often with outstanding grounds and gardens. Here are five houses and gardens that you really must visit this summer

Bowhill House and Country Estate

The Scottish Borders home of the Duke of Buccleuch displays an outstanding art collection, with works by Canaletto, Claude, Raeburn, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Ruysdael, while the wider,... Read more


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