Galashiels is a town in the Scottish borders. It's name comes from the river that flows through it - Gala Water. In fact, the town is often called simply Gala. The town is ancient - there's a recorded reference to it in 1124, and it's likely the settlement is even older, as evidenced by the Iron Age hill fort nearby. More recently, the town was a center of textile manufacturing and it is still the home of Heriot-Watt University's School of Textiles and Design. Every summer, Galashiels celebrates its history with the Braw Lads Gathering, which includes a horseback parade. The town has some interesting shops, mostly along the (very walkable) Channel Street and High Street. Several guest houses and B&Bs are available, along with several small hotels in Galashiels - all of them receiving good ratings. There are also numerous cottages which can be rented, making a great deal for families.
Visitors to the town can play a round at the Torwoodlee Golf Club (and Scotland in general is great golfing country), check out the Bank Street Gardens or the Old Gala House art gallery, or walk the old Waverley railroad line. The town also has traditional English pubs as well as Chinese and the inevitable Indian. Galashiels would make a good base of operations to explore the border country in general.