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5-11 Market Place
United Kingdom
Opening Hours:
Monday: 8.30 to 6.00pm
Tuesday: 8.30am to 6.00pm
Wednesday: 8.30am to 6.00pm
Thursday: 8.30am to 6.00pm
Friday: 8.30am to 6.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am to 2.00pm

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Living in Lauder

Lauder is a small, historic market town in the central Scottish Borders region situated next to the Leader Water on the western edge of the Lammermuir Hills, 22 miles south of Edinburgh. Preserving its original medieval form with a single main street widening into the Market Place, Lauder is virtually unique having retained the layout of the ancient Scottish Royal Burgh, whilst being able to offer all the facilities of a modern small town.

The A68 through the town follows the oldest established route between Edinburgh and England, and has witnessed the passage of many armies. Today the Southern Upland Way, Britain's first coast to coast footpath passes through Lauder on its 212 mile journey. Surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, there are opportunities for countryside walks, fishing, riding and game shooting. Lauder has a 9-hole golf course, a tennis club and bowling club, and is a region for rugby lovers, with plenty of scope to play or watch.

Thirlestane Castle, one of the seven ‘Great Houses of Scotland,’ is located in Lauder and was once the seat of the Earls of Lauderdale. It is decorated by a large art collection and exhibitions of local country life, features a woodland walk around the castle and hosts many family events throughout the year.

Lauder has a leisure centre, independent stores and modern amenities, an excellent choice of both private and state schools in the region, and good transport links to Edinburgh. Combined with a strong community atmosphere, the quality of life in this part of the Scottish borders makes it an ideal place for families.

Property available in Lauder

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With centuries of fighting between the English and Scots, the Scottish Borders has had a turbulent history. The warring Borderers were often known as ‘Border Reivers’ who raided each other’s properties, stealing cattle. Lauder is situated beside what was, in Roman times, a main route north from England known as Dere Street; and as a major access to the north, the town has been a place of importance throughout history.

In the 12th century it was the site of a major castle built by the de Morville family. Later, the site was used as a fort by the English and eventually rebuilt with Thirlestane Castle. Before 1500 the town had been created a Burgh by Royal Charter, the rights being renewed by James IV in 1502. The town developed in a pattern which was typical of a Scottish Burgh, a pattern which has hardly changed to this day.

Places of interest

  • Thirlestane Castle
  • Melrose Abbey
  • Kelso Abbey
  • Floors Castle
  • River Tweed
  • Jedburgh Abbey
  • Mellerstain House
  • Manderston House
  • Harmony Garden
  • New Palace Theatre Organ Heritage Centre
  • Soutra Aisle
  • Dun Law Wind Farm
  • Flat Cat Gallery
  • Greenknowe Tower
  • Abbotsford House

Taxi/chauffeur services

E & J Taxis – Lauder

01578 722 441 or 07836 290 467

Local authority

Scottish Borders Council
Council Headquarters
Newtown St Boswells
01835 824 000

Getting to Lauder


  • A68 to Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh 27 miles, Newcastle 79 miles, Melrose 12 miles, Galashiels 13 miles


  • Berwick-upon-Tweed Station - East Coast main line, serving Edinburgh and Newcastle and with regular GNER services to London


  • Newcastle (72 miles)
  • Edinburgh (34 miles)
  • Glasgow (80 miles)


The Borders is well known for the high standard of schooling available in the area. Most villages have their own primary schools in the Scottish Borders.

Primary Schools

  • Lauder Primary School
    TD2 6AD
    01578 722 346
  • Channelkirk Primary School
    TD2 6PT
    01578 750 242
  • Melrose Primay School
    Huntly Road
    TD6 9SB
    01896 822 103
  • St Boswells Primary School
    Greenside Park
    St Boswells
    TD6 0AH
    01835 823 252
  • Belhaven Hill School
    East Lothian
    EH42 1NN
    01368 862 785
  • St Mary’s School
    Abbey Park
    TD6 9LN
    01896 822 517

Secondary Schools

  • Earlston High School
    TD4 6HF
    01896 849 282
  • Longridge Towers School
    TD15 2XQ
    01289 307 584
  • Loretto School
    Linkfield Road
    East Lothian
    EH21 7RE
    0131 653 4444


  • The Black Bull Hotel
    Variety of good Scottish/English cuisine
    01578 722 208
  • Burts Hotel
    Variety of good Scottish/English cuisine
    01896 822 285
  • Chapters
    Bistro food
    01896 823 217
  • Dryburgh Abbey Hotel
    Variety of good Scottish/English cuisine
    St Boswells
    01835 822 261
  • The Town House
    Variety of good Scottish/English cuisine
    01896 822 645
  • Hoebridge Inn Variety of good Scottish/English cuisine
    01896 823 082
  • Marmion’s Brasserie
    Bistro food
    01896 822 245
  • The Lodge Variety of good Scottish/English cuisine
    01578 750 750

Hospitals and medical practices

Borders General Hospital
01896 826 000


The Pavillion Cinema
01896 752 767