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.

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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Flodden Field

Flodden Field

This battlefield situated at Branxton, just over the border in England, lies about 3 miles distant from Coldstream. The battle was fought in September 1513 between the kingdoms of Scotland and Enland, the Scots being led by their King,James 4th ,whilst the English were commanded by the Earl of Surrey. When Henry 8th took up arms against the French under Louis 12th , the Scots ,under the terms of “The Auld Alliance” also took up arms against the English. The Scots being defeated by their auld enemy,lost their King and a great number of...

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Jim Clark Museum & Rally

Jim Clark Museum & Rally

The museum is located in Duns at 44 Newton Street, some 13.5 miles from Kelso and celebrates the life of Jim Clark, Scottish racing driver and twice world champion, recognised as one of the greatest drivers of all time. He won a total of 33 grand prix and in 1965 he also won the Indianapolis 500. The museum concentrates on his racing career from early club competitions to world championship racing in Formula 1. “ It is told through a display of trophies, memorabilia and photographs relating to his career” Further information on the museum...

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Mellerstain House

Mellerstain House

Mellerstain is signposted on the A6089 road from Gordon to Kelso and is situated about two miles from Falsidehill cottage. It can be reached on foot in about 40 minutes. It is usually open April to October and is one of the finest Adam designed Georgian buildings in the Borders. Constructed in 1725 and sitting amidst beautiful tranquil landscaped gardens, it overlooks an ornamental lake. The gardens feature Italianate terraces and herbaceous borders. Within the magnificent building can be found original wallpapers and embroideries , period...

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Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall

As a World Heritage site, Hadrian’s Wall is probably the most important monument left by the Romans in Britain. It stretches from coast to coast, 73 miles from the Solway Firth in the east to the Tyne in the west. Begun during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian circa AD 122, the wall, contrary to belief, lies entirely within England, coming within one kilometre of the  Scottish border at Bowness-on-Solway. Although parts of the wall remain extant at 10 ft in height, the original stone parts of the wall measured 10 ft in width by 20 ft in...

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Smailholm Tower

Smailholm Tower

Taken into sate care in 1950 and restored in 1980, Smailholm is a typical peel tower , built to protect its inhabitants  from attack by unfriendly forces .It dates back to the 15th century and is now open to the public housing a small modern museum. It was the subject of attack by English soldiers from 1543 onwards and in 1546 a garrison of English soldiers based at Wark Castle sacked the tower and carried off its inhabitants. The tower was later held by the Scotts of Harden distant ancestors of Sir Walter Scott who penned the poem, The Eve...

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