With thirteen fixtures in the season, Kelso is the home of National Hunt Racing and its race-goers are made to feel really welcome. The Racecourse itself offers breathtaking scenery, in a plush, green setting, with all of the hospitality suites overlooking the magnificent course. On race days, the thrill of the race, the atmosphere, and the...more
The abbey was built in 1128 by the Tironesian monks from France.Being so close to the English border, it was repeatedly damaged during all the skirmishes with Scotland's big, nasty neighbour which preceded the ill fated Union. The abbey is in ruins now.If ruined churches are your thing, the Borders is the place to go. I can think of Jedburgh,...more
Greenknowe Tower is a handsome tower house on an L plan, built in 1581 and still retaining its iron gate or yett.Formerly the property of the Gordon and Seton families, in later times it came into the ownership of the Pringles of Stichel and the Dalrymple family.In the care of Historic Scotland -Admission freemore
This is a well preserved and well restored border tower house dating from the 15th century. Situated on Sandyknowe Farm, it is visible for miles around. Formerly the home of the Pringles of Smailholm and later that of the Scotts of Harden, it was well known to Sir Walter Scott who came to Sandyknowe regularly to visit his grandfather.The tower was...more
From the grounds of Floors castle, you can hust make out the outline of Roxburgh Castle, which stands on the opposite bank of the River Tweed.Roxburgh Castle, then known as Marchidun, is first recorded as the residence of the Earl of Northumberland in 1107. After David I renamed it, it became a residence for Scottish Kings over the next two hundred...more
Floors Castle is the largest inhabited house in Scotland, with a towered central block and symmetrical, Georgian ranges. In 1721 additions were made to an existing tower house to create a plain country house, which was then absorbed in the construction of a magnificent 19th century baronial mansion. In the grounds is a holly tree, which marks the...more
Kelso has a surpise in its town centre, the frech style cobbled market square, which is surrounded by elegant Georgian buildings. Eating establishments abound, and you can also find the Tourist Information Centre here (very helpfull too!)It's a shame that they have to use it as a car park!more
Springwood Park is only a short walk from Kelso town centre, it consists of forty acres of well maintained parkland and is surrounded by woods and the world famous Tweed Junction Pool. There are also spectacular views of Floors Castle and the outline of Kelso with its medieval abbey, churches and stone buildings.more
Kelso Abbey is a Scottish abbey built in the 12th century by a community of Tironensian monks (originally from Tiron, near Chartres, in France) who had moved from the nearby Selkirk Abbey. The monks constructed the Abbey on land granted to them by King David I. The construction commenced in 1128, and when completed fifteen years later, in 1143, it...more
Just a stop-and-see tip. There are no admission fees, no guides, no tours. It is the ruins of an old abbey in the middle of a town with Floors Castle just around the corner. (See my tip on Floors Castle.)Other Border Abbeys worth visiting (see my other travel tips) are Dryburgh (in St. Boswells), Jedburgh, Melrose. Kelso is most ruined of them all....more
Floors Castle, Roxburghshire, Kelso, TD5 8JZ, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
Bridge Street, Roxburghshire, Kelso, TD5 7HT, United Kingdom
Good for: Business
The Square, Kelso, TD5 7HL, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
I was there on the last Saturday of the month - Farmers' Market day.
It is held right on the town's main square, so you can't miss it.
I didn't have much time to browse, but as it's an agricultural area I'd expect it to be top quality!
What to buy: I'd hazard a guess that the lamb would be a good buy...lots of sheep around the area!
What to pay: Can't tell - didn't buy anything!
Kelso is Scotland's smallest racecourse, and it has a distinctive "cosy" atmosphere, along with an eclectic series of buildings housing all the bars, restaurants and cafes.
Indeed one bar is called the Chicken Hutch, and boasts the fact that it has no doors and no heating!
It all goes to give it a unique character.
It is national hunt only (hurdles and fences, in other words) and meetings are throughout the autumn, winter and spring.
I had my first visit in February 09. It is different. The website actually describes its idiosyncracies very well.
Equipment: Warm clothing and cash for bets!
On my visit I paid £22 for entry, but that was the members' enclosure. Members' enclosure gives you access to better eating/drinking facilities (viz the chicken shed - see above).
Normal entry was £15. However, prices vary. Weekday meetings tend to be cheaper than that. A racecard (programme) is £2.