KELSO TOWN GUIDE
Kelso, is a small market town with a population in the region of just under 6000. The town is opposite the conffluence of Rivers Teviot and River tweed and is 18 miles North East of Hawick and 20 miles South West of Berwick Upon Tweed.. The Georgian town square was built by Rennie 1801 and the remains of the dominant Kelso Abbey is approx 12 century. Well known area for Golfing and Cycling routes.
A picturesque country town, Kelso lies in a fine setting at the junction of the Rivers Tweed and Teviot. The town is full of architectural and historical interest that can be explored by following the town trail.
The abbey, founded in 1128, like others, suffered in the border wars. The elegant Town House, built in 1816 now houses the Tourist Information Centre, and is situated in the centre of the spacious Square, whilst the graceful five arched bridge over the Tweed dates from 1803. Built by John Rennie, it was the model for London Bridge.
In parkland overlooking the Tweed stands Floors Castle, Scotland's largest inhabited house, with outstanding collections of paintings, furniture, porcelain and tapestry. To the north of Kelso is the magnificent Adam mansion of Mellerstain and the towers of Smailholm and Greenknowe, dating back to the 16th century.
Teviot Water Garden 6 miles to the west of the town offers riverside walks. To the south nestling in the foothills of the Cheviots are the twin villages of Town and Kirk Yetholm, noted for its Gypsy Palace where the last Queen of the Gypsies lived, and also for being the end of the 270 mile Pennine Way.
Visitors to the town can enjoy free parking; local publications include a Town Plan, mini-guide and countryside walks. The lively programme of events in the town reflects the predominantly agricultural community, with the Border Union Agricultural Show, ram and horse sales, steeple chasing at the Race Course, point to point races, and the Scottish Championship Dog Show. Kelso Civic Week in July is the town's annual festival, adopting many of the features of the older border Common Ridings.
Places of interest include Floors Castle, Greenknowe Tower, Hume Castle, Kelso Abbey, Smailholm Tower, Mellerstain House, Stable Gallery, Floors Castle Garden Centre, Mayfield Garden Centre, The Teviot Water Gardens, The Kelso Pottery, Kelso Golf Club (18 hole), The Roxburghe Golf Course (Championship), the Ice Rink, Skittle Alley and Swimming Pool.
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