Countryside sites

Gala Policies

Gala Policies lies adjacent to the southern edge of Galashiels, one of the largest towns in the Scottish Borders.

The park enjoys open access for locals and visitors. Once part of the grounds of the estate of the Laird of Gala the surviving woodlands create a beautiful quiet space next to the bustle of the town.


There is a network of paths for you to explore the woodland.

The Paths around Galashiels booklet includes a useful map of the park (route six) and information about the trees.

The Southern Upland Way, one of Scotland's Great Trails, goes through the park.


  • car park for four to five cars at main entrance
  • public swimming pool opposite the main entrance
  • five minute walk from the town centre
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Ranger service

Address: Council Headquarters
Newtown St. Boswells

Telephone: 01835 825070