Glentress top of the trails


The 7Stanes Glentress mountain bike trail centre was recently crowned UK Trail of the Year 2014 by iBikeRide in a vote decided by the UK’s riding public. Innerleithen, just down the road, was rated 9th in the UK. Glentress also won best trail in Scotland, with Innerleithen coming second. In total, Glentress won a total of three pole positions – UK Trail of the Year, Scottish Trail of the Year and UK XC Centre of the Year.

Not bad at all. And that's before we mention all the wonderful natural trails also found here in the Tweed Valley …

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Photograph: 7Stanes CIC

Tontine Awarded 'Scottish Town Hotel, 2014'

The Tontine Hotel, Peebles

The Tontine Hotel, Peebles won the prestigous 'Scottish Town Hotel 2014' award at last nights 'Scottish Hotel Awards' Dinner at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh. The Awards, presented at a sell-out gala dinner in Edinburgh attended by over 500 hoteliers and their guests, are Scotland’s most comprehensive awards programme for the hotel and accommodation industry.

Landmark micro hydro power scheme reintroduced

A landmark hydro scheme that once illuminated a Scottish stately home when electric power was in its infancy is being brought back into service.

The pioneering Victorian scheme has been reinvented for the 21st century using the latest renewable technology and has helped a botanical garden near Peebles become the greenest in the UK.

It is the latest in a raft of eco-friendly innovations that have seen Dawyck, the Borders outpost of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), being crowned as the first ­carbon-neutral garden of its type in the country.

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