The Mercat Cross of Peebles
On a recent trip to Peebles I managed to not only find their mercat cross but also the ruined church that supposedly contains the remains of the one and only St. Nicholas. Who knew Santa ended up in Peebles?!
The mercat cross here has some neat attributes & is quite interesting to look at – it’s on a nice base with some useful information, features sundials on the finial, and an active weather vane. It’s also right in the middle of the road, which I’m finding to be increasingly common in the small towns that keep guard of these old monuments.
If you’re heading to Peebles, you will definitely happen upon it on the main road -watch out for traffic though if you want to get closer as it forms part of a traffic island.
The base reads;
*Bart short for Baronet
Continued on the other side;
Getting there from Edinburgh:
Driving is around an hour from the city centre or you can grab a Borders Bus (x62 looks the best) which leaves every 30 minutes from the Edinburgh Bus Station.
I would like to say that we had planned to visit this Kirk but I actually had no idea it existed. We passed it in the car and found a space nearby and decided to investigate before locating the Mercat Cross. It’s not a very big site, or particularly visually arresting but it is nice for a wee nosey around.
You’ll find information for the site on the main gates.
I had wanted to revisit Neidpath Castle but unfortunately wasn’t aware of it being closed to the public now unless you arrange a group visit in advance.