A toast to St Ronan

wells frontThe exact identity of St Ronan has long since been lost in the mists of time – but his legacy lives on and is firmly established on the Scottish Borders tourist trail.

Mind you, it does help when you have iconic A-list Scottish celebrities like Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott on you side.

You’ll find St Ronan’s Wells on a hillside just outside Innerleithen (it’s signed off the main street). Scott’s book of the same name was published in 1823 –  a major factor in turning St Ronan’s into a popular 19th century spa.

The location was always well known for the healing properties of its waters, a reputation that persuaded Burns to make a special trip during his tour of the Borders in 1787.

St Ronan’s Wells still has its original Victorian pavilion and verandah and continues to attract people to sample the waters.

The building is surrounded by secluded gardens that offer great views of the Tweed Valley and a perfect spot for a picnic. “It’s particularly popular with walkers and the gardens were featured on the popular BBC’s Beechgrove Garden programme.

The work of local sculptors is on display in the gardens and Sr Ronan’s is used to host art exhibitions.

There’s free admission and ample parking at St Ronan’s which opens between April and October as follows:-

Mon – Fri   10am – 1pm and 2-5pm
Sat & Sun 2-5pm

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