Robert Smails Printing Works


The National Trust For Scotland, High Street, Innerleithen, Borders, EH44 6HA

    Step back in time at Robert Smails Printing Works, a completely restored printing works and see how printing was done at the beginning of the 20th century.

    Robert Smail founded R Smail and Sons in 1866, which was passed onto his sons and then his grandson. Today it remains very much a part of the town of Innerleithen, and still produces commercial jobbing work using Victorian letterpress techniques and machinery.

    This printing capsule contains an office, paper store with reconstructed water-wheel, and press rooms. This is one of the last places in Scotland you can try typesetting by hand.

    An archive of business documents, shipping records and much more can be found here, which span three generations.  Historic items and photographs give a fascinating insight into this small Scottish Borders town.


    4 Visitor Attraction
    Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2016 - 31 Oct 2016


    Printing Works:
    3 April to 31 October, Fri-Mon, 11-5 (Sun 1-5)

    3 April to 31 October, Fri-Mon, 11-5 (Sun 1-5)
    6 November to 23 December, Thu-Sat & Mon, 10-4 (Sat 9-3)


    • Shop Stocks a wide range of NTS goods, books, gifts and souvenirs.


    • ASVA Member


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Parking Outside property, car park 5 minutes walk.


    • Children Welcome

    Payment Methods

    • VISA Card

    Public Transport Directions

    Robert Smail's Printing Works is in High Street, Innerleithen

    By road
    A72, 6m from Peebles (Innerleithen Road)

    By bus
    First Edinburgh (62) from Edinburgh via Peebles or Galashiels; (0870) 608 2 608


    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction

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