Galashiels lies in the narrow valley of the Gala Water, close to its meeting with the River Tweed, in the heart of the Scottish Borders.
Galashiels developed in association with the textile industry, flourishing especially in the 19th century. Although it is no longer such a dominant factor in the local economy, you cannot fail to see its influence around the town.
The best known feature of the town is the impressive war memorial with its massive Border Reiver horseman - the work of local sculptor Thomas Clapperton. The Braw Lads Gathering in late June is the focal point of the local calendar commemorating the history of Galashiels.
Old Gala House, home of the Lairds of Gala for several centuries, is now a museum and art gallery set in landscaped gardens. Gala Aisle has been the burial place for the Lairds of Gala since the 17th century and has recently been restored.