The Upper Tweed
Upper Tweeddale suffers from rural isolation. It has no public transport, post-office, school or shop. An outdoor education centre has closed but it still has Tweedsmuir Kirk and a village hall. The nearest health services are in Biggar (14 miles) and general hospitals are a one-hour drive away. The traditional employment is agriculture, with upland sheep, deer farming and forestry, but these employ limited numbers. More recently, the area around Tweedsmuir has become home to a number of large-scale wind farms. Some residents are self-employed, many travel to work elsewhere, and others are retired.
The wider Upper Tweed community includes Broughton (population about 900), eight miles north, which has a primary school, a village store, a tea room/bistro, a garage, a village hall, some sports facilities (tennis court and bowling green), and some bus services.
The Broader Community
Tweedsmuir is easily accessible to wider communities in the south of Scotland with opportunities for developing tourism, learning and heritage features to sustain the Tweedsmuir/Upper Tweed communities. It can be viewed as the centre of the South of Scotland. Although within the Scottish Borders region, Upper Tweed is adjacent to Dumfries and Galloway, to the south, and Lanarkshire to the west (both less than 15 miles). The Crook Inn lies on an established scenic route, the A701, linking Moffat, Dumfries and the M74 motorway to Edinburgh.
Edinburgh is about a one-hour drive north, Melrose/Galashiels about a one-hour drive to the east and Glasgow about 1 hour 20 minutes to the northwest. The nearest towns are Biggar in Lanarkshire, (14 miles), Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway, (15 miles), Peebles in the Scottish Borders (19 miles). Tweedsmuir connects into the national cycle route network and is located on the edge of one of the only Wild Land Areas in southern Scotland (Talla-Hart Wild Land Area) which, with the Tweedsmuir Hills, offers exceptional recreational walking opportunities.