Sustainable Tweed Valley

Developing the Tweed Valley as an authentic Green Destination

All the members of the Tweed Valley Tourist Consortium are committed to good environmental practice and aim to reduce the environmental impact of all their business activities on the local area.

All have signed up to our Sustainable Policy. This means that every step possible is taken to – amongst other things - ensure individual establishments use energy responsibly and that they buy, whenever possible, environmentally friendly produce and products.

Borders Food Network

We are extremely proud of the high quality local food that is produced in the Tweed Valley and indeed the whole of the Scottish Borders. Many of our restaurants and cafes activity serve and promote our local food. Please do take time to look for and try dishes that have originated from the land around us. Our members that particularly support this initiative are: (CHECK LINKS BEFORE LIVE)

Caddon View (Guest House and Restaurant)

Philiphaugh Game (Fresh and frozen game)

The Horseshoe Inn (Restaurant with Rooms)

Traquair House Brewery

Tontine Hotel (Hotel and Restaurant)

Whitmuir Farm (Farm Shop and organic meat and eggs)

 

Farmers Markets

There are a few Farmers’ markets around the Scottish Borders, and in the Tweed Valley, the Peebles Farmers, market takes place on the second Saturday of every month in the Eastgate Car Park (9.30am – 1.30). With up to 18 local producers attending the market each month, there is plenty of choice, the happy atmosphere, surrounding views and diversity of Peebles makes it a splendid days outing for the tourist.

Green Business Tourism Scheme

Some of our members are part of the Green Tourism Business Scheme are graded according to their level of commitment:

Accommodation:
Glenholm Guest House (Gold)
Stobo Castle Health Spa (Silver)
Tontine Hotel (Silver)
Traquair House (Silver)
Tweed Valley Holiday Lets (Silver)

Visitor Attractions:
Bowhill House and Country Estate (Gold)
Dawyck Botanic Garden (Silver)
Glenholm Wildlife Project (Gold)
Robert Smail’s Printing Works (Silver)
Traquair House (Silver)

Local Project and Case Studies

There are a number of successful local projects in the Tweed Valley. In particular Tweedgreen is a voluntary organisation of local people working towards a self-sustaining Tweeddale by promoting local food, encouraging local energy generation, and reducing energy use and waste

Public Transport

Unfortunately we are still in the position that many visitors will require a car when visiting the Tweed Valley, however there is local transport and details can be found on our Getting Around page.  There is also a website to help you link up quickly and easily with someone who shares your specific journeys.

Recycling

Scottish Borders Council is able to recycle a wide range of waste products and is proudly one of the local authorities leading the way. For recycling centres please look at the Council website.

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