Heriot Toun in winter

A Wee Bit About Heriot

300m up in the Moorfoot Hills, a beautiful part of the Scottish Borders, Heriot is rural and peaceful with miles of idyllic walking and cycling, yet is only 40 minutes from Edinburgh, 30 minutes from Galashiels, with Gorebridge and Newtongrange only 10 minutes away if you need supplies. We are easily accessible by car or public transport.

The train stops at Gorebridge (7.5mls from studio) and Stow, 9.5mls from studio.
https://www.scotrail.co.uk/scotland-by-rail/borders-railway

For X95 bus timetable: 
https://www.bordersbuses.co.uk/timetables  The bus stops on the A7, 1 mile from the studio.

 

 

 

Road to Heriot from InnerleithenOnce you're in Heriot you know you've arrived in the Borders. Driving south on the A7, the wide open landscape of Middleton Moor gives way to the softer rolling hills of what is recognised as true Border countryside.

This small farming village has a rich artistic and musical history. Members of The Incredible String Band lived next door in Heriot Toun Cottages whilst potters and painters lived in the village itself. William Gillies, the renowned Scottish artist who lived nearby in Temple regularly painted here. Even now, we still have a splattering of artists around.

It is believed that the last wolf in Britain was shot here, on Heriot Toun Hill! If you would liked to find out more about Heriot please visit http://www.heriot.info.

Winter Time

One of the lovely thing about the studio is that it's just off the beaten track and accessed via a private farm track ensuring a high degree of peace and quiet. It's a great place to be in the winter and we'll even give you a sledge if you're lucky enough to be here when it snows! 

However, the council does not clear our short length of track in the winter. Given that it is short, if it's slippy or snowy it's easy to park your car at the bottom of it for the short walk up to the studio (ie two minutes-  it's practically a stone's throw).

So please check the weather forecast and local conditions before you arrive, then park at the bottom of the track first and check it out before you drive up to the studio. If in doubt, leave your car at the bottom of the track and walk the short distance to the studio. Feel free to give us a ring to check conditions.

 

 

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