Parishes of Upper Tweed
4 congregations working as one

The Parishes

Each of our parishes is very different  from each other but all share the desire to work together and help each other. This is demonstrated in such things as support for individual churches' special services, fundraising events and joint Kirk Session meetings.

Broughton has the largest community and also the largest  church building. It is also where the manse is placed. The only primary school in the parishes is in Broughton as well as the only shop and garage.

Skirling is only 2 miles from the town of Biggar  and is just within the borders of the Scottish Borders Council. Being so close to Biggar means that some of the children go to school there rather than Broughton or Peebles High School.

Stobo is the most easterly parish and Stobo Kirk is one of the oldest churches in Scotland in continuous use. The biggest employer in the parish is Stobo Castle Health Spa and it is also home to Dawyck Botanic Gardens which is a significant tourist attraction in the area.  

Tweedsmuir, the smallest community,  lies to the south of the Parish, bordering with Dumfries and Galloway. It covers the widest geographical area of all the parishes and includes the source and upper tributaries of the famous River Tweed as well as Talla and Fruid reservoirs.

Several times a year we come together for a joint service. In January  we celebrate Souper Sunday in Broughton Church  and in June we have a joint service in Tweedsmuir Hall. During Holy Week we have an evening service in each of the churches in what we call a pilgrimage round the parishes. On Christmas Eve we have a family service in Tweedsmuir, a watchnight service in Broughton and then a joint service on Christmas Day in Stobo