Lauder is in the Scottish Borders to the southeast of Edinburgh. It’s a popular town for commuters to Scotland’s great capital, with the lovely countryside of the Lammermuir Hills in the Southern Uplands to come home to. A new home in this market town is a good contrast from city life, whilst being close enough to benefit from it for both work and pleasure, so it’s a good base for family life too.
Lauder is on the A68 which runs from County Durham, across the Northumberland National Park, and across the Scottish Borders to Edinburgh, where it joins the A1 and the A720 ring road. This main route doubles up as the town’s High Street as it passes through. The drive from Lauder to Edinburgh takes around 45 minutes. The B6362 links Lauder with the A7 at Stow, an alternative route into the capital and a link with the area’s largest town, Galashiels. Stow is also the location of the nearest train station, and the train journey to Edinburgh Waverley Station takes around three-quarters of an hour. Edinburgh Airport is about 34 miles away, taking just under an hour to drive there.
Getting the shopping
There’s a small range of local shops in Lauder, as well as a Co-op supermarket and petrol station. Galashiels, 10 miles away, has the lion’s share of the supermarkets, with Tesco Extra, Asda, and Marks and Spencer on the shopping list. Edinburgh of course is a fabulous place for a day of retail therapy rather than the day-to-day essentials.
Living in the Scottish Borders
If you’ve got friends and family in England, and you work in Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders is just the place to be. They border the city of Edinburgh, Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian and Midlothian, South Lanarkshire, West Lothian, Cumbria, and Northumberland. That’s quite a list of neighbours. The Borders take in the golf courses of the east coast above Berwick-on-Tweed, the world-famous fishing waters of the River Tweed, the national scenic areas of the Eildons and Upper Tweeddale, and quite a few castles too. Lauder has its own, Thurlestane Castle, with the estate walls still creating Lauder’s local border.