Local Area – Hawick


Hawick Common Riding

Hawick, Scottish Borders

Hawick, one of the largest Border towns, is part of The Cashmere Trail and the major centre for the industry in the Scottish Borders. You will find big names and smaller designers in the many specialist shops throughout the region. If you want to see how it is all done, you can see garments in progress at the Hawick Cashmere Company.

‘The Horse’ at the end of the High Street is the 1514 memorial. This impressive equestrian statue commemorates the victory of local youths over English invaders at nearby Hornshole in 1514. One of the oldest Border Common Ridings, held in early summer, honours this event where ‘The Horse’ becomes the centrepiece for this symbolic festival. Experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the days of the Border Reivers when in March Hawick celebratesa well-known and romanticised period of history when the borderlands of Scotland and England were the home of cattle thieves and outlaws, men who lived by fire and steel, men known as the Border Reivers..

The pride and passion of the town is also shown on the rugby field where many of the local men take on the rest of the region as local followers faithfully support each weekend at the Mansfield Rugby Park. Legendary rugby commentator, the late Bill McLaren was a proud Hawick man. The 16th hole at Hawick Golf Club – the oldest golf club in the Scottish Borders – has been renamed ‘Mclaren’s Miracle’ in his memory as he once scored a hole-in-one here..

Borders Textile Towerhouse is a 4 Star Museum telling the stories behind some of the world’s most famous fashions. Discover the Scottish Borders’ proud industrial past in a lively hands-on exhibition for all ages. Learn about people, processes, craft and history behind the clothes we take for granted. Explore tweed and knitwear’s exciting fashion future in its ever-changing catwalk display..

. The Heritage Hub is home to the Scottish Borders archive and local/family history centre..

Hawick Museum and Scott Gallery reflects the town’s history and hosts visiting exhibitions on any number of topics.

Get back to nature at Wilton Lodge Park in over 107 acres of riverside and tree-lined walks and recreational facilities. Teviotdale Leisure Centre provide year-round watery and other indoor distractions for all the family.

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The Heart of Hawick encompasses the Heritage Hub, cinema & theatre, exhibitions, café-bar and workshop space. It is also home to our VisitScotland Information Centre