Kelso Tourist Information

Floors Castle, Kelso

Floors Castle, Kelso

One of the lesser known jewels of the Scottish Borders, Kelso nestles on the banks of the River Tweed. An incredibly popular salmon fishing holiday base, the town is perfectly placed for exploring the Scottish Borders and the Northumberland National Park’s Cheviot Hills. Local heritage attractions include the Kelso Abbey ruins, a fine example of Romanesque architecture dating from 1128. Beautiful Georgian Floors Castle with views towards the Tweed and Cheviots is also essential visiting in the area.

Choose Scottish Borders town Kelso for a great outdoor activity holiday base. Premier golf, fishing, cycling, walking and horse racing are all widely available around Kelso, and the town sits alongside the circular Borders Abbeys Way, with routes west towards Melrose and south west towards Jedburgh.

Enjoy fun days out at Kelso Racecourse offering around 13 superb National Hunt racing meets annually. Explore the little Art House Gallery with five themed galleries showcasing the best of local art.  Sir Walter Scott fans won’t want to miss a tour of Smailholm Tower, a Peel Tower situated just 5 miles west of Kelso, a feature which greatly inspired Scott who made regular visits here.

 Market town Kelso is famed for its vast market square, the largest in Scotland hosting an acclaimed farmers’ market on the fourth Saturday of each month.  Striking Georgian and Victorian architecture, pretty tearooms, coffee shops, fine traditional inns and a good selection of restaurants all feature aplenty in the town centre alongside independent shops ranging from cashmere shops and chic boutiques to art galleries and fishing shops. Choose from boutique guest houses and luxury small hotels to rural holiday cottages and heritage inn B&Bs, all ideally placed for fishing on the Tweed. Book Kelso accommodation now with iknow.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.