Local Info

Location

The Scottish Borders stretches from the rolling hills and moorland in the west, through gentler valleys to the  east, and on to the rocky Berwickshire coastline with its secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages.  Kelso is located centrally within the Borders on the banks of the famous River Tweed which is renowned for its salmon fishing.  Kelso is steeped in history with its abbey built for King David 1st in 1128 also Floors Castle home of the tenth Duke of Roxburghe with its magnificient grounds and gardens.

Historic Interests

Explore the four abbeys being Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose by car, walk or cycle.  for those wishing to further their knowledge and interest of stately homes the Borders has a number of wonderful homes to visit, Floors Castle, Mellerstain House, Abbotsford, Manderston, Paxton House, Thirlestane Castle, Traquair House.

Recreational Activities

This is an area of superb natural beauty therefore offering a host of activities for all ages.From walking the southern upland way, St Cuthberts way or the four abbeys way down toward the coastal areas.For shorter, easier walking each of the Border towns offer their own short walks in and around the towns. For the cycling enthuasts why not take a trip down the Tweed Cycle Way or loop the loop on the Border Loop.  For the more adventurous off road types the Jedforest cyle trails offer a more local ride taking beautiful views surrounding Jedburgh. Glentress and Newcastleton offer more challenging courses.

Located only a short drive from our cottage, Melrose in the Scottish Borders is the home of rugby sevens played in early April against other Border towns.

The Scottish Borders is home to two championship 18 hole golf courses located at the Roxburghe just outside Kelso and Cardrona near Peebles and many local courses in the Border towns. For keen golfers the Borders offer the Freedom of the Fairways golf package.

For those keen on fishing there are wide range of types of fishing around the Borders.  More information can be found on http://www.fishpal.com/Scotland/Tweed/index.asp?dom=Tweed.

The Sport of Kings in the Scottish Borders is Kelso races which provides a superb day out for all the family with the season lasting from October through to May.

Making the most of this beautiful countryside can be done on horse back whether it is wandering along some of the local horse trails or competing in the Festival of the Horse in May or coming out to support the border common riding festivals.

To see & do

For those looking for a leisurely more gentle way to spend their time there are a vast array of gardens – Floors Castle gardens, Teviot Smokery watergardens, Monteviot gardens, Mertoun, Kailzie gardens, and Dawyck botanical gardens also the home of Harry Potter at Alnwick Castle and gardens.

Children

For our young visitors burn off some energy visiting Harestanes Visitor centre where you can explore wildlife walks and the adventure playground.  Furthermore take a visit to Jedforest Deer park and learn about the variety of animals there.  Go and visit the Romans in Melrose with a visit to the Trimontium centre.  For the days when the sun is away on holiday Ceramic Experience offers a place for the creative little minds.  Also the local swimming pools and Scotia Kids present a place to have fun.

Eat and Drinking

When considering a place to eat Kelso offers a range of restaurants, coffee shops and bars wandering around the market town there is the Cross Keys, Cobbles Inn, Oscars restaurant and wine bar. Kawans and Ristorante offer an alternative dining experience.  For those looking for a light snack there is Carolines, Hazel lodge tea rooms or Mayfield Garden centre.

Further a field

Enjoy the coastal sandy beaches at Berwick, Bamburgh and Seahouses with the fantastic bird watching, walk the Berwickshire coastal paths and experince the QUALITY fish and chips!  Edinburgh is located only an hour from the cottage to soak up the atmosphere of Scotlands capital visiting Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Brittania.  Enjoying the festival (August) and Hogmanay celebrations as well as many more things to see and do.