Local Attractions & Events

We have compiled a selection of articles about some of the many local attraction in the region. As well as hundreds of possible walks there are also dozens of places to visit. The area has a long and rich history which can be explored by visiting its many abbeys, castles, stately homes and historical monuments. The region is also very popular for fishing, golf and other leisure pursuits – all within easy distance of the cottage. If you would like any further info about distances or particular attractions then please feel free to get in touch.

Antiques Roadshow.

Antiques Roadshow.

On Thursday July 6th 2017, the Antiques Roadshow will feature at Floors Castle Kelso. More than 30 experts will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car-boot sale and charity shop finds. More information can be found...

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Soutra Aisle.& House of Soutra Coffee Shop

Soutra Aisle.& House of Soutra Coffee Shop

The remains of the largest medieval hospital in Scotland. said to have been founded  in 1164 and was run by an Augustinian order of monks. Soutra Aisle is located not far from the village of Fala on the A68 heading away from Edinburgh towards Jedburgh and Kelso.    Closeby is the new and vibrant Soutra Coffee shop, which is open daily and is a must for home baking ,tasty lunches and delicious freshly ground coffee. If you are heading  towards Kelso from the Edinburgh direction ,then this is a must as is Carfrae Mill Hotel  at the other...

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Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre.

Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre.

Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre. Set in beautiful countryside no far from Jedburgh. A free all year attraction. There is always lots to do. From play park with cycle paths to walkways, exhibitions and events . The facilities on offer are disable friendly and also feature a cafe with free wifi. The Visitor Centre  is free and is open daily from from Wednesday 1 April – Saturday 31         October  2015.  Set not far from Jedburgh it features Woodland Walks, a Play Area for kids and lots of events and exhibitions. Sat 29th...

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Thirlestane Castle

Thirlestane Castle

  Thirlestane Castle. A magnificent 16th Century Castle set in a magnificent parkland landscape, the family home of the Duke of Lauderdale. The land has been in the ownership of the Maitland family since 1587, and Thirlestane served as the seat of the Earls of Lauderdale. The castle was substantially extended in the 1670s and further additions were made in the 19th century. The castle is now cared for by a charitable trust, and is open to the public. The Maitlands The Maitlands came to Britain with William the Conqueror in 1066,...

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Paxton House & Gardens

Paxton House  & Gardens

Paxton House & Gardens   Paxton House was originally built in 1758, to the design of John and James Adam, for Patrick Home, Laird of Wedderburn and his intended bride, Sophie de Brandt, Lady in Waiting to Queen Elizabeth Christina of Prussia. The house boasts a collection of antique furniture and also boasts the largest picture gallery in a Scottish country house. It houses over 70 paintings from the National Galleries of Scotland, including works by Raeburn, Wilkie and Lawrence. Paxton House overlooks the beautiful River Tweed and is...

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Wallace Statue

Wallace Statue

  A statue to William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland and hero of the 13th century  Wars of Independence, sands in the grounds of Bemersyde House , not too far distant from Falside Hill. It towers over the Tweed and extends to some 31 feet.(including plinth) Wallace bears a two handed sword in his right hand and in his left, holds a shield. Originally commissioned by David Stuart Erskine, the statue was first presented to the people in 1814. At the base of the statue is an urn bearing the inscription: “Peerless knight of Elderslie...

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Hirsell Country Park

A beautiful 5 mile walk through the Hirsell Estate ,at the Southern end of Coldstream, which passes by the magnificent Hirsell House and  takes in both Dunglass Wood and Hirsell Lake. You may see the estate’s fine herd of Highland Cattle and  a wide variety of bird life ,including swans , ducks and geese. Should the weather  turn inclement then there is also a Museum and Tea room on site. A printable map ,together with more details on the walk and park may be obtained...

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Borders Abbeys Way

A walk ( or cycle)  of approximately 66 miles through several border towns taking in the ruins of 4 twelfth century Abbeys. The journey is best completed in individual sections eg Kelso to Jedburgh, Jedburgh to Hawick, Hawick to Selkirk and Melrose to Kelso. On this journey you can take in magnificent views of the Eildon Hills, tarry a while at the confluence of the Teviot and Tweed rivers, where you may be fortunate to see salmon leaping, or  just spend some quality time shopping in the beautiful border towns with their quaint markets. A...

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Abbotsford House

Abbotsford House

Situated close to the border town of Melrose, on the southern bank of the mighty Tweed, this magnificent A listed house was formerly the residence of the 19th century novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott. ( Remains of Scott are buried at Dryburgh Abbey ) The house ,first opened to the public in 1833, is built in the Scottish Baronial Style and  was completed in 1824. The house with its splendid grounds, features the most magnificent library, together with a fine  collection of  Scottish furniture, alongside arms and armour, relevant to the...

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Walking the Pennine Way

Walking the Pennine Way

Whether starting or finishing in beautiful Kirk Yetholm ,in the Scottish Borders and just 7 miles from Kelso, you will find this 270 mile walk along the Pennine Way to be most exhilarating, as it takes you through the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District, and Northumberland . Journey across both the Cheviot and Pennine hills, cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Follow the Settle to Carlisle railway or perhaps steer yourself towards Howarth , home to the Brontes, one of the foremost literary families of Britain. You might even chose to tarry a...

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