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
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2015 - 31 Oct 2015


    • Children Welcome

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop


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