Set in the Lauderdale Valley to the north east of the central borders, Earlston lies around 45 minutes south of Edinburgh, and is conveniently located for access to the main Border towns. Dating from at least the 13th Century, Earlston is said to be the home of Thomas Learmonth, better known as Thomas the Rhymer. The town benefits from a good selection of local facilities including independent shops, pubs, a church, petrol station, small supermarket and excellent local schooling including Earlston High School, one of only two schools in Scotland to feature in Tatler's Top 20 State Secondary Schools 2018.
The town is well suited for commuters, with Edinburgh around a 45 minute drive via the A68, while Tweedbank Railway Station is around a 10 minute drive and offers a journey time to Edinburgh of just under an hour. For outdoor enthusiasts, local activities include numerous walks and bike rides, fishing on the nearby River Tweed, horse riding, and rough and syndicated shooting.