About West Linton
West Linton is said to be one of the oldest market town settlements in Scotland and is a great place to visit in the Scottish borders. There is now a
history trail round the village which enables visitors to see the sights of the village and explore the areas history. Points on the trail include the Cross Well and Clock Tower in the Main Street. The latter one of a number of reminders of local stonemason James Gifford, who lived here in the 1600s. The town is also only 16 miles from Edinburgh which makes it perfect for commuters.
The village contains a Bronze Age cairn, dating occupation in the area to pre historic times and in 1994 a Bronze Age cemetery was excavated at the Westerwater reservoir. Important items were unearthed, including several beakers and an lead necklace.
Linton was raised to a Burgh of Regality in 1631, with the right to hold fairs and markets. This allowed the town to thrive in the 19th century as annual sheep fairs would be held with up to 30,000 sheep being sold, including the famous Linton breed.