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Our Tweed Valley: John Matthews, Windlestraw

  • John Matthews, Chef/Joint patron, Windlestraw
  • Windlestraw views


John and Sylvia Matthews are now in their third season of running Windlestraw – a magnificent Edwardian manor in Walkerburn that they have already turned into something very special. We spoke with John to find out more about their experience so far

You came to Windlestraw from Dubai, which is quite a change. What appealed to you about taking on this wonderful old building?

I’d like to say it was the weather that... Read more

Our Tweed Valley: Iain Ronaldson, Go Ape Peebles

  • Iain Ronaldson, Go Ape
  • Out on the course


The Go Ape Peebles aerial adventure course at Glentress has proved hugely popular since opening a few years ago. We caught up with Site Manager Iain Ronaldson to find out more about life in the trees

So, what’s a typical day like for you?

Open up the cabin; prep paperwork for the day ahead; oversee opening of the course; oversee all health and safety for both customers and staff; see the staff get... Read more

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


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