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Map of Tweeddale, in Scotland

Tweeddale (Scottish Gaelic: Srath Thuaidh/Tuaidhdail) is a committee area and lieutenancy area in the Scottish Borders Council district, southeastern Scotland. Its boundaries correspond to the historic county of Peeblesshire.


The area had an estimated population of 20,848 in 2015. It is one of the 5 committee areas in the Scottish Borders. Major settlements in the area include Peebles, Innerleithen and West Linton.[1]

It is the traditional name for the dale (the area drained) by the upper reaches of the River Tweed. This area was considered to end before the Yarrow Water flowed into the Tweed, so the area was bounded to the south and east by the Yarrow/Tweed watershed, and to the north and east by the Gala Water/Tweed watershed.

12,770 ha of upper Tweedale between Broughton and Peebles is designated as the Upper Tweeddale National Scenic Area,[2][3] one of 40 such areas in Scotland which are defined so as to identify areas of exceptional scenery and to ensure its protection from inappropriate development.[4]


Tweeddale was also a historic district of Scotland, bordering Teviotdale and the Marches to the east, Liddesdale and Annandale to the south, Clydesdale to the west and Lothian to the north. It is within the historic former Peeblesshire.

The district which covered the Sheriffdoms of Peebles and Selkirk later became of the County of Peebles in the north and County of Selkirk or the "Ettrick Forest" in the south, two of the counties of Scotland.

The main reorganisation took place during the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889, this Act established a uniform system of county councils and town councils in Scotland and officially restructured many of Scotland's counties.

Tweeddale District[edit]

In the Scottish local government reorganisation of 1975, Tweeddale became a district in the Scottish Borders region. This district was almost identical to the former county of Peeblesshire.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tweeddale". Scottish Borders Council. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ "National Scenic Areas - Maps". SNH. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Upper Tweeddale NSA". NatureScot. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  4. ^ "National Scenic Areas". NatureScot. Retrieved 29 October 2020.

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Coordinates: 55°45′N 3°15′W / 55.750°N 3.250°W / 55.750; -3.250