Galashiels is the largest of the Border towns and is well served by a range of independent shops, restaurants, and cafes along with supermarkets and high street shops. Nearby there is an excellent range of schooling, from primary through to secondary and university education. The Mac Arts Centre and the Volunteer Hall host a wide variety of music events throughout the year attracting some well-known performing artists. The town also benefits from a station on the Borders Railway, offering a journey time to central Edinburgh of less than an hour. Country and sporting pursuits are readily available, including hill walking, fishing, golf, cycling and mountain biking in the Tweed Valley.