Heart of Hawick – The oldest part of town is aptly home to the flagship Heart of Hawick development.
It comprises the Heritage Hub, repository of ancient documents and records from the Borders, and a superb visitor centre that incorporates a bistro cafe, tourist information desk, a cinema and theatre.
It is also a popular choice for travelling exhibitions, as is the square outside for concerts, street theatre and local gatherings.
Formerly Elliott’s textile mill, the cafe features a glass floor through which visitors can view the original water wheel that once powered the machinery.
In these environmentally conscious times the wheel has been the subject of a study to see if it could be brought back to life provide power for the building.
Beautifully restored, many of the original mill features have been designed into the new facilities – but one aspect of its industrial past was not planned for.
Several people have reported seeing and sensing something paranormal on the top floor of the old mill – a presence confirmed by a local psychic and backed up by research that found that a local girl had died in an industrial accident there in the 1800’s.
At the neighbouring Heritage Hub (left), delving into the past attracts enquiries and visitors from all over the world.
The electronic highway is particularly hot these days as more and more people piece together their family tree.