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Crossburn Caravan Park is a family-run park that is set in magnificent surroundings on the edge of the historic town of Peebles in the Scottish Borders Region. Peebles is a popular historic town and is a perfect base for exploring a wider area of the rolling Scottish Borders region and beyond.
Tents, Tourers, Caravans, Statics & Pods
- Heated bathroom block (Showers, bath, baby change, disabled access)
- Chemical disposal points and dishwashing station
- Dog walking areas onsite and nearby
- Children’s play area and leisure lounge
- A fully equipped campers’ kitchen
- Waste disposal and recycling
- On-site Laundry facilities
- On-site shop
Peebles is located in the county of Tweeddale, Scotland. It is 43 miles east of the city of Glasgow and 21 miles south of Edinburgh.
Your best route would be to take the A703, via the city bypass road A720 and head south. for about 21 miles. Crossburn Caravan Park will be on your left side as you come into Peebles.
From Any other direction.
The A72 will be your road and can be accessed from either the west or the east, depending on your direction of travel. There is no direct route from the south as you will join the A72 at some point.
Once on the A72, stay on it until you reach a roundabout in the town centre and follow the A703. Crossburn Caravan Park will be on your left side about 1 mile further on.
The campsite is just under 1 mile from Peebles town centre and most of our selected places of interest are within an easy walk from the town centre, The exception to this is Glentress 7stanes mountain bike trails.
John Buchan story – Is one of Scotland’s most famous authors, chiefly remembered for The Thirty Nine Steps. He was also a prodigious writer of other material, as well as becoming Governor-General of Canada. This centre tells the story of John Buchan through fascinating artifacts, surrounded by the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside that he loved. 2 Minute walk from Peebles town centre.
Tweeddale Museum and Gallery – Is housed in a historic building going back to the 16th century and is home to a lively programme of exhibitions and events all-year-round. The Chambers Institution, as it is now known, was gifted to the town in 1859 by William Chambers – one of the founders of the famous publishing house. Scottish philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, also made his mark on the building; significantly funding the library on the lower levels. 2-minute walk from Peebles town centre.
Neidpath Castle – Sits in a commanding position above the River Tweed. It is an unspoiled 14th century Keep, last modernised in the 1600s. Equipped with a dungeon, well, long-drops and fireplaces large enough to roast an ox, there are also a set of exquisite 20th-century batiks, telling the story of Mary Queen of Scots, who stayed at the castle. Tours and teas are available all year, by appointment. 1.2 miles from Peebles town centre
Neidpath Train Tunnel – An abandoned, desolate train tunnel that was used during World War II. It is nearly half a mile of dark creepiness. We decided to walk through it and our account can be read, in our Read about our trip section, below. 1.6 miles from Peebles town centre
Glentress 7stanes – Is a Mountain bike trail centre offering a range of trails to suit everyone from beginners to pros. Glentress Peel cafe offers top quality local produce and our bike shop offers friendly, expert advice on bike hire, sales, and repairs.
You don’t have to be an experienced mountain biker to enjoy these famous trails: there is a wide range of routes to suit beginners, families, and experts. 2.4 Miles from Peebles
We booked in for two nights, hopefully just long enough to get a general feel for Crossburn Caravan Park and the town of Peebles. We pitched up in a hard-standing area allocated for tourers and campervans, there was also a grassy area for tents. The campsite is well laid out with plenty of space between pitches. It had a relaxed feel to it with well-thought-out landscaping that helped to define areas such as the children’s play area, dog walking, statics, and toilet facilities. The majority of spaces are taken up with statics but there is a good balance of family holiday focus and campsite space.
We decided to take a walk into the town centre and find somewhere to eat, we normally do our own cooking but felt like having a wee treat. The walk into town is about 1 mile and can be achieved by a couple of routes. The most direct route is to turn right out of the campsite along Old Edinburgh road then right at the roundabout onto East Gate high street. A more scenic route is to turn right out of the campsite then take the next right, Crossburn Farm road, and follow the signs for the river walk. This will take you to Eddleston Water. Just keep it to your right side all the way into town,
Peebles main street was busier than we expected but had a friendly and vibrant atmosphere with a good selection of shops.
We passed a small restaurant, Osso, which has an interesting menu. A menu that wouldn’t necessarily put us off but as it was the first restaurant we had looked at, we decided to keep looking. Before we were aware of it, we had spent well over an hour wandering about and we were becoming hungry. We also fancied a glass of wine, so decided to stop at the County Hotel, and whilst seated outside, we took a look at the menu. This turned out to be a bad decision as we decided to order food, rather than go back to Osso. The reason why it was a bad decision is that the food was cold, and undercooked. We both cursed our decision to eat here and our occasional wee treat should have been a restaurant like Osso, with its statement ‘Our focus is on serving quality, locally sourced ingredients in a friendly and relaxed environment.’ Lesson learned!
The next day turned out to be a great day. We walked back into town, grabbed a Costa, and sat people-watching for a while. Everyone was observing their distance from others and wearing their masks, as was the COVID rules at that time but just like the day before, there was a vibrant and friendly atmosphere.
We knew that Neidpath Castle was just over a mile away from where we were sitting, along the A72 and indeed had noticed it on the way into Peebles, so off we set to find it. There is good pavement to walk on and the road isn’t too busy but soon we passed the entrance to a large park, Hay Lodge Park, and decided to see if we could reach the castle via the park, rather than walking along the road. We have no doubt that those familiar with this area or that don’t know it and have a map, will be puzzled by our reasoning as, to them, the park is a perfectly good way to the castle but as we entered the park in our default setting – ‘let’s go this way and if we get lost, then we need to get unlost’. Luckily, we soon met someone who was busily spraying weed killer and we took the opportunity to ask him for directions to the castle. He confirmed that one of the paths within the park would take us to the castle. Then he asked us something that perked up our ears. He asked us if we had torches with us because if we were to carry on beyond the castle and climb up some old stairs to a bridge and cross the bridge, we could walk a nice circular route that will bring us back to the park. Why would we need torches? Well, once over the bridge, which is an old railway bridge, we would eventually reach an abandoned railway tunnel. This tunnel is half a mile long with a slight curve, which means that there is no natural light inside, and is pitch black. This is why we don’t set out completely organized as we would never have had this conversation and would never have known about the tunnel.
Sure enough, the walk through the park to the castle is easy to find and with the sound of the river Tweed to our left, we followed the peaceful path to Neidpath Castle. The path eventually reached a wide grass area beside the river, with Neidpath Castle looking down from a steep ledged vantage point. The is a small but steep path which takes you up to the castle but this might not suit everyone, in which case you will need to walk along beside the road, rather than come through the park. The castle itself has an air of grandeur about it and has been well maintained. It is still available for weddings and corporate events. We spent a bit of time reading the information available, taking some photos, and just staring at it, as you do.
Next up was this intriguing abandoned railway tunnel! Back down the steepish path behind the castle and picked up the path again beside the River Tweed, which we followed for a further half a mile. Just as our friendly weeder had described, there were some old steps leading to a bridge across the river. At this point, you join the old railway line, and straight ahead of you is the entrance to the tunnel. We reached the entrance with a mixture of emotions. For Tom, it was excitement and curiosity. For Aileen, it was curiosity and fear as she struggles with dark/confined places. So after a bit of discussion that went along the lines of – it’s only half a mile, we’ve got our phones for light, it’s the quickest way back to the park and it’ll be fine – trust me, in we went.
Initially, we let Sam our wee dog walk beside us but less than 50 meters into the tunnel, he was struggling with the gravelly surface and the diminishing light, so Tom had to carry him. Just as well he is a wee dog as we still had a good distance to go. The next thing we noticed was the damp silence and looking ahead, we couldn’t see any exit. Aileen was beginning to find this place very unpleasant and to add to her anxiety, the light from our phones was inadequate in this environment. Then there were the ‘hidden’ rooms along the way. We discovered them about halfway through the tunnel. By this point, we couldn’t see an exit or the entrance from where we had come and Tom realized that the tunnel must be curved and we were at the point where both the entrance and the exit were now out of sight. This created an eerie, silent, and pitch-black space, which we slowly continued through. It was at this point that the light from one of our phoned briefly highlighted a hole in the wall and Tom being Tom, it had to be investigated. What we found was a ‘doorway’ to a hidden room of unknown use but it added to the fear factor for Aileen and we decided to push on, hoping that the exit would soon appear and it wasn’t closed by some massive gate.
Finally, we must have rounded the corner of the curve as we could see the pinpoint of a light source ahead of us and this gave us the encouragement we needed to push on. Slowly but surely the light source became bigger and brighter and it didn’t have a locked gate. Once we exited the tunnel, we felt exhilarated and so pleased that we had walked through. The tunnel has a raw, slightly menacing feel to it but we would definitely recommend it though take proper torches.
Our walk back to the park took a further half a mile, initially in the valley of the old railway line before opening up to a view of the park and a small footbridge back over the river. Once back in the park, we retraced our steps back to the town centre for a debrief with a Costa then back to the campsite for a chill.
And that was it, a short break in Peebles but we will be back at some point as we want to try out some local cycling routes.