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Kelso is beautifully located in a loop of the river Tweed, and serves a large, mainly agricultural surrounding area. Kelso cobbled streets retain its charm as an old traditional Scottish Border town with its wide variety of shops which will entice all who cross their threshold. The town square is the largest in Scotland and hosts regular open–air farmers’ and antiques markets throughout the year.
The outstanding features of the town are the Abbey ruins, Floors Castle, home of the Dukes of Roxburghe, and the Junction Pool on the river Tweed, the centre of the universe for salmon fishermen and - women!
There are plenty of events and activities throughout the year in the town and surrounding area. Below follows a selection, with web links if available:
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Come to Kelso Races... It's an offer you can't refuse!
Also known as Marchmount, only fragments survive of what was once
the most extensive and powerful castle in the borders.
~ Activities ~
The rivers Tweed, Teviot and Eden and various fishing waters.
There are 21 courses in the Borders which can be played through the
Visit Scotland "Freedom of the Fairways" package, including Kelso, The Hirsel,
Roxburghe, Duns, Minto and Cardrona near Peebles.
Four Abbeys Cycle Route, Coast & Castles Cycle Route, Tweed Cycle way, Border loop,
Glentress Forest near Peebles, Traquair Forest
St Cuthbert’s Way, Borders Abbeys Way, The Hirsel, Harestanes, Kelso Town Trail,
Roxburghe Castle, and St Abb’s Head. Maps can be downloaded from this site.
Langlee Riding Stables, Jedburgh, Mill Farm Riding Stables, Chirnside near Duns,
St Foin Riding Stables, Birgham near Coldstream
Kelso Swimming Pool, beaches at Berwick and Seahouses, St Mary’s Loch
Kelso Ice Rink (September – May)
Family history research:
Records Office, The Heritage Hub, Hawick
Kelso Pottery, craft shops at Harestanes, Kinsman Blake Ceramics in Smailholm,
Lochcarron Weavers and Andrew Elliott Weavers in Selkirk, Jedburgh Woollen Mill,
Teviot Smokery, Engineering in Wood in Roxburgh, several excellent shops for clothes, bags, shoes and sports equipment in Kelso, antique shops in Melrose,
Jedburgh and Hawick.
The Cobbles Inn Restaurant and Bar
Oscars Wine bar and restaurant
The Queens Head Hotel
Cross Keys Hotel
Queens Head Hotel
Ednam House Hotel
The Waggon Inn
The Black Swan
Kwan’s Chinese restaurant
China Town Chinese Restaurant
The White Swan
The Red Lion
~ Places of interest ~
· Mellerstain House
· Floors castle
· Paxton House
· Alnwick Castle
· Teviot Water gardens
· Borders Abbeys: Kelso, Dryburgh, Melrose and Jedburgh
· Smailholm Tower
· Hermitage Castle
· Hume Castle
· Smail’s Printing Works in Innerleithen
· Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum
· Coldstream Museum
· Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick
· Jim Clark Room in Duns
....and many others
~ Events ~
May: Jim Clarke Rally
Tweed Angling Fair
Floors Castle Horse Trials
June: Border Union Dog Show, Melrose Literary Festival
July: Kelso Ridings and Civic Week
August: Border Union Agricultural Show
September: St James’ Fair, Ram Sales
October – May: Racing at Kelso Racecourse, Point-to-Point Races