• Printer at work
    Printer at work© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Learn the art of letterpress printing and typesetting
    Learn the art of letterpress printing and typesetting© The National Trust for Scotland
  • The Heidelberg Printer
    The Heidelberg Printer© The National Trust for Scotland
  • One of the 52 guard books of everything printed at Robert Smail's.
    One of the 52 guard books of everything printed at Robert Smail's.© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Robert Smail's staff
    Robert Smail's staff © The National Trust for Scotland
  • Modern day staff working on the Heidelberg Printer
    Modern day staff working on the Heidelberg Printer© The National Trust for Scotland
  • St Ronan's Calendar
    St Ronan's Calendar © The National Trust for Scotland

Read all about it...Here’s a piece of printing history right here on Innerleithen High Street. Get your hands inky at this living museum of a thriving printing firm in the Borders, whose premises were more or less unchanged for over a century.

Try your hand at being a printer’s apprentice to learn the almost forgotten art of letterpress printing and typesetting.

Robert Smail’s Printing Works celebrates a vital part of our industrial heritage and social history by giving you a hands-on demonstration of how things were printed not so long ago.

The machinery is kept in good working order as it is still used today for a variety of commercial print jobs, including some of the Trust’s own literature.


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Opening times & Prices

20 Aug
  • Printing Works: Closed
  • Shop: Closed
Opening times are for today Use the buttons to change date or see all dates in calendar.
Prices
  • Member: FREE
  • Adult: £6.50
  • Family: £16.50
  • 1 Parent: £11.50
  • Concession: £5.00

Gradings & Awards

  • The Green Tourism Award - Gold
  • Scottish Tourist Board - 4 Star

5 day weather forecast

  • Wed 20/08 : Patchy rain nearby 15°C 15°C 20/08
  • Thu 21/08 : Light rain 13°C 13°C 21/08
  • Fri 22/08 : Light rain shower 15°C 15°C 22/08
  • Sat 23/08 : Sunny 16°C 16°C 23/08
  • Sun 24/08 : Cloudy 16°C 16°C 24/08