Galashiels, or “Gala” as it’s known locally, is a town on the Scottish Borders with a population of approximately 13,000. Famed for its beautiful scenery and friendly welcome from the locals, it’s little wonder the area is so well-loved and admired.
We have listed our top picks of Galashiels hotels, bed and breakfasts, and guest houses, as well as contemporary accommodation that you are sure to enjoy, whatever the occasion.
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Hotels in Galashiels
The 19th-century Kingsknowes Hotel will provide you with all the relaxation and comfort you could need, offering a concierge service, and visitors can take advantage of free private parking.
Each of the 12 stunningly designed en-suite bedrooms within the hotel has tea and coffee making facilities, and guests benefit from a complimentary breakfast within the elegant dining room.
Visitors can enjoy the feel of luxury in the elegant Edwardian conservatory, which overlooks the Eildon Hills or step out into the formal gardens where you will find stunning mountain views to admire. At only 3 miles from Melrose Abbey, it makes the perfect spot for exploring the beautiful surrounding area.Check Online Availability
Watson Lodge Guest House
Within this beautiful Georgian townhouse on the Scottish Borders, guests will find comfortable beds, free wifi throughout the hotel, and each room comes with a 32-inch flat-screen TV. Most rooms have en-suites and come complete with complimentary toiletries.
The hotel offers a traditional full Scottish breakfast or continental breakfast each morning of your stay. There is a patio for visitors to relax and unwind in when the weather permits. There is also lots of free parking available, and the hotel is situated within easy access to the town centre and the wider local area, making it a perfectly central location for visitors to Galashiels.Check Online Availability
The Salmon Inn
The Salmon Inn is a family-run bar, restaurant and hotel with a wide selection of award-winning wines, spirits and cocktails to enjoy alongside your evening meal in the dining area. Each cosy room has an en-suite and comes with free wifi, with room prices starting at just £85 per night. Brunch boxes are provided, which you can eat in their beautiful library, enjoy in your room, or take with you on your travels.
The inn also boasts a large comfortable lounge area to relax in, and it is within easy walking distance of the Old Gala House and Bank Street Gardens.Check Online Availability
The County Hotel
Situated in the town of Selkirk, guests receive a warm welcome to “The County”, as it’s known to the locals. The hotel was recently refurbished, having first been built for use as a coaching inn dating back to the 16th century.
Free private parking on-site is available, and each of the comfortable rooms is dog-friendly. The highly-rated breakfast is always cooked to order, and there is free wifi available throughout the entirety of the hotel.
The Clovenfords Hotel
Another coaching inn just a ten-minute drive from Galashiels, each room at the 18th century Clovenfords Hotel comes with Sky TV as well as tea and coffee making facilities. There is even a gift shop on-site.
Guests can pre-order packed lunches if planning a day trip, and when back at the hotel, they can enjoy an evening meal in the Vineyard restaurant, which boasts an impressive menu. If you’d rather a more intimate evening, you can take advantage of the room service that’s available.Check Online Availability
Waverley Castle Hotel
Overlooking the River Tweed, Waverley Castle Hotel is perfect for a bespoke getaway, boasting live entertainment in the evenings and a thoroughly laid-back atmosphere. Each of the 77 rooms within the castle has free wi-fi.
The hotel is situated close to Abbotsford House, once the home of Sir Walter Scott, as well as the 11th century Melrose Abbey which are both favourite places of many of the Scottish borders locals.Check Online Availability
Craigielea B&B Galashiels
This late Victorian townhouse has three beautiful ensuite rooms to choose from, along with a generous amount of books for bookworms to enjoy. Guests are also able to have larger items such as bikes or golf clubs safely stored onsite, and street parking is available. This is an excellent accommodation option for those wishing for a no-fuss, relaxed stay in a home-from-home.Check Online Availability
Binniemyre Guest House
Binniemyre Guest House is a Victorian mansion that is beautifully furnished, with seating areas throughout the extensive gardens. If you wish to have a picnic, the guest house is happy to accommodate you. Inside, each room is decorated to the highest standards, guaranteeing you a luxurious stay, even offering 40″ televisions in its larger family rooms, as well as off-road parking.
Sunny Brae Bed and Breakfast
The friendly family-run B&B has a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. It’s an ideal accommodation only nine miles from Inverness Airport and practically next door to Nairn Museum. The lounge area offers guests spectacular views of the sea, and their breakfasts are very popular – the hotel prides itself on using only the best local produce.Check Online Availability
Dryburgh Arms Pub
On the route of St Cuthberts Way, the Dryburgh Arms is an excellent accommodation option to put your feet up for the night beside the welcoming open fire with a well-earned pint or perhaps have a taste of some of the 26 different gins on offer!
The accommodation itself has its own private entrance, complete with a stunning staircase. The spacious and bright rooms are largely thanks to the high ceilings that the building boasts throughout. Each room has been lovingly furnished with excellent attention to detail, ensuring a comfortable and relaxed stay.Check Online Availability
Caddon View Country is a four-star guest house encapsulated within a beautiful Victorian building, with plenty of areas to relax in, whether it be nestled in front of the fire in the drawing-room or in your own sprawling bedroom.
The majority of rooms have an en-suite and come complete with designer toiletries. All dietary needs are catered for within the restaurant, which serves evening meals. The B&B also has a licenced bar, so you can unwind with a quiet drink in the evenings.Check Online Availability
Galashiels Holiday Cottages
The Five Turrets
The Grade B listed, Scottish Baronial-style open-plan townhouse comes complete with a piano, free wifi access and parking onsite. There are four bedrooms within the spacious property, a fully equipped kitchen, and a woodburning stove for those cooler Scottish temperatures.
Guests can also take advantage of their own private garden to enjoy a late lunch or simply relax with a good book from the mezzanine library.Check Online Availability
Lower Canterbury House
Renovated in 2020, the open-plan Lower Canterbury House – complete with a freestanding bath and a kings size bed with bamboo floorings throughout – is the ideal accommodation for exploring the beautiful National Trust gardens nearby – and it’s just 100 yards from the nearest pub and restaurant.
The south-facing, beautifully maintained garden is perfect for those lazy summer evenings with friends, and the property even has its own summer house.
The Hen Hoose
This cottage is ideal for a cosy romantic getaway or for a families and friends holiday, as it sleeps up to four people. Shops and amenities are close by, yet this characterful cottage feels wonderfully rural, making it a brilliant option for some rest and recuperation.
Set in a rural location with sprawling views of the countryside from the conservatory, an abundant supply of organic hen’s eggs is available, thanks to the flock of chickens that is kept on the farm where the property is situated.Check Online Availability
Kilmuir cottage is the perfect accommodation for families looking to get away, as the cottage is not short of space – it even comes complete with a stunning piano, so you can tinkle the ivories until your heart’s content.
The two-bedroom property is situated in a quiet area, yet it is only 500 yeards away from the closest shops and cafes. The property has an open fire and gas central heating for the winter months, and there is room to park up to three cars on-site, next to the lovingly tended-to garden.