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Kelso

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Name and address

Kelso

GB-TD5 7HG Kelso

GEO-data

Geodetic coordinates

55.598379 -2.433837

Elevation

50 m

Communication

Floors Castle
Floors Castle
Kelso Abbey
Kelso Abbey

Kelso is a small market town in the Borders region of southern Scotland. Its name probably derives from Calk Heugh - the "chalk outcrop" which its two rivers cut through. These are the Teviot and Tweed, joining here, both famed for salmon fishing. The town grew up around its Abbey, whose monks farmed the fertile valleys. Its town centre is of a style common in northern France and the Low Countries but rare in Scotland, with a large market square, and Flemish-style buildings. The main reasons to visit are the Abbey and Floors Castle.

Difficult to believe now, but the tiny village of Roxburgh five miles south was once an important settlement, and indeed briefly the capital of Scotland.

See

  • Kelso Abbey, Roxburgh St, Kelso TD5 7JD. Apr-Sept daily 09:30-17:30, Oct-Mar Sa-W 10:00-16:00. Built 1128-1143 by the Tironensian monastic order (who'd split from the Benedictines), this was once one of the wealthiest and grandest monasteries in Scotland. But it suffered repeated attack and destruction, and was in a poor state even before the 1560 Reformation. All that remains is the west tower and the transept, still a striking piece of Romanesque architecture. Free. Wikipedia Icon (updated Jan 2019)
  • Kelso Square The largest market square in Scotland with well preserved 18th and 19th century architecture reminiscent if the low countries.
  • Floors Castle (1 mile north of Kelso (the main gates are in the town)). Main residence of the Duke of Roxburghe, largest inhabited house in Scotland and open to visitors in the summer months. Art collection, tea room, garden centre and country sports. Wikipedia Icon (updated Apr 2017)
  • Roxburgh Castle. Ruins of a medieval castle established by David I and birthplace of Alexander III. Roxburgh Castle was strategically important from the 12th to the 15th centuries and the adjoining town of Roxburgh (of which there is now no visible trace) was an important royal burgh and centre of agricultural trade with Europe. The castle is in ruins and very little of the stonework is now visible. There is however an impressive earthwork mound topped by remnants of thick stone fortifications. Remnants of the main gate are visible to the west of the castle. Worth visiting in spring via a pleasant riverside walk by the river Teviot when the weather relatively clement and before an overgrowth of Nettles impedes access. Wikipedia Icon (updated Apr 2017)

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Nearby cycle routes and tours

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Border Loop

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EuroVelo: North Sea Cycle Route - part Shetland to Harwich

Route

1,5 km

Shottland - Dover

Route

1,5 km

Added on 12 Dec 2020,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 12 Dec 2020