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.

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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Floors Castle – Kelso

Floors Castle – Kelso

Floors Castle , situated on the edge of Kelso town was built for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721. It still operates as a family home and this sets it apart from many of the Borders’ historic landmarks. Indeed a walk around the interior of the castle features much of the personal items of the present duke and his family. The castle sits on the banks of the river Tweed and features an outstanding collection of artworks , tapestries and furniture. In the vicinity of the extensive castle grounds can be found a garden centre and walled...

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Hume Castle

Hume Castle

Originally dating back to the 13th century, this present day 18th century reconstruction of Hume Castle sits on a promontory between Earlston , Greenlaw and Kelso. Built for the Home family (later Hume), it was subjected to attack from the south from 1515 through to 1651. In 1651  it was subjected to a barage of Cromwell’s artillery and was eventually destroyed. Hume served as a beacon for notifying the nearby countryside of pending invasion by English troops from the south and was the only castle not destroyed by Robert the...

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