Kelso Abbey, Scottish Borders

Kelso Abbey, Scottish Borders, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Kelso, a fascinating little gem of a town in the Scottish Borders which sits on the banks of the River Tweed. A visit here impressed me on three counts, viz:

  1. The enornomous (by Scottish standards) town square surrounded by many-storied houses.  This video clip  illustrates the square and surrounds.
  2. The ruined Abbey (above) which dates from the 12th century and was severely damaged by the Earl of Hertford’s forces in 1545 in context of the regular conflicts of the time between Scotland and England.
  3. The nearby Floors Castle (below) which was built  for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721. Inside can be found an outstanding collection of paintings, tapestries and furniture. Outside there are well maintained grounds, gardens and woodlands to enjoy.

Strongly recommend inclusion of Kelso in context of a tour of the Scottish Borders. The sporting visitor can indulge in golf, fishing and other activities. 

Floors Castle, Melrose

Floors Castle, Melrose, Scotland

Elsewhere today, I have mainly focused on finalising the itinerary and booking lodgings for an extensive, self-drive tour of Scotland and Ireland for May 2011.

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