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.
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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.