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Last updated on 02 November 2021

Walkerburn and District Community Council have been receiving briefs from Fred Olsen’s agents and other Community Councils about the Scawd Law Windfarm proposal.  Given that COP 26 is in progress, we thought it might be helpful to summarise the current position as we see it – a planning application is imminent and it is important that residents are kept informed.  Please click here to read a summary of the implications for the village


Walkerburn is a small Scottish Borders community on the A72 between Peebles and Galashiels. The village has about 450 homes and a population of over 650 permanent residents. It is set amidst the stunningly beautiful Tweed Valley, has a village shop/Post Office, an excellent coffee shop (Caberston Farm Coffee Shop), an award winning boutique hotel (Windlestraw), a bed and breakfast hotel (the George Hotel) which is currently for sale,  a primary school and a number of local businesses in the old mill buildings.

Henry BallantyneThe village was built on land bought in 1846 by Henry Ballantyne to build a tweed mill.   The village was designed by 'Eccentric' Pilkington with houses for the workers and for the Ballantyne family set on the north side of the Tweed valley. The new village came into being in 1854, taking its name from the Walker Burn.

The design of the village shows its back to the main road.  Viewed from the south side of the Tweed the design can be appreciated with tiers of housing on the hillside set to take the greatest advantage from the sun (and with geographical elevation reflecting the social elevation of the then occupants.)

Closure of the mills in the village has led to a fall in population but no diminution in the community spirit of the village.  It remains an active and friendly community with a wide range of activities taking place.

Walkerburn's location means that cycling and walking are near at hand, with the acclaimed cycle trails at Glentress (voted top UK trail of 2014 by users) and on the hills of the Pirn within easy access, as well as the Southern Upland Way just a short walk away on the south side of the Tweed.

The village also unusually houses a small number of science based industries and many successful small enterprises.

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