Peebles Town Walk was originally designed as part of Peebles Civic Society's contribution to European Architectural Heritage Year. The full walk will take rather more than two hours to complete, but a shorter walk is also provided for in the published booklet which is available from "Visit Scotland" office on the High Street.
Many of the notable historic buildings referred to are indicated by small metal plaques featuring the Peebles Burgh crest, i.e. "three salmon counter-naiant" ( 1 swimming upstream and 2 swimming downstream), with the town's motto "CONTRA NANDO INCREMENTUM" ("Increase by swimming against the current") marking the importance of the Tweed as a breeding river of this noble fish.
The Society's first adviser on local history was the late Iain Lawson. His "Town Walk" was revised and extended by Douglas Harper and further changes were made in 2010 to incorporate information about James Grieve and the Northgate Garden.
Copies of the "Peebles Town Walk" booklet can be purchased at the Tourist Information Centre on Peebles High Street, priced £1.
A further publication by Peebles Civic Society gives information on the "Bridges of Peebles" and indicates a number of short walks to take visitors round the bridges in the town and beyond the town limits. This publication is also on sale at the Tourist Information Centre on Peebles High Street, priced £1.
A new programme of Public Meetings will be published in October / November 2013.