The Galashiels Town Trail has been set up by Scottish Borders
Council in conjunction with the Old Gala Club and Scottish
Borders Tourist Board. The aim is to provide you with an added
dimension to local history and a flavour of the town's development.
The name Galashiels is a mix of two words. Gwala, which forms
the first part probably, comes from the Old English language
and means 'full stream'. Shiel, meaning 'shelter', derives
from a Scandinavian language. This was the "shelters by the
full stream" where hunters and foresters found shelter by
the river. Galashiels is known to locals simply as Gala.
The Trail is split into two parts. The main walk is 4.5km
(2¾ miles) long and should take 2 hours to complete. The extended
walk, being approximately 3km (1¾ miles) long, should take
about 1 hour to complete. In order to guide you, numbered
plaques are situated along the route at specific points of
interest. As some of the sites along the Trail are houses,
we would ask you to respect the owners' privacy.
We hope you will enjoy walking the Town Trail and trust that
you will have a pleasant stay in Galashiels.
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