Hume Castle, Scottish Borders

This morning we departed our lodgings in Melrose and embarked on a tour as follows:

  • First to Johnston’s of Elgin Textile Mill in Hawick, about 30 minutes from Melrose. Here we were provided with an escorted tour of the mill which produces a wide range of products predominantly made from cashmere but also some lambswool. We availed of some refreshments here and made some purchases. Photographs of the manufacturing process are no longer permitted but images can be found on this blog post covering a past visit.

Johnstons of Elgin at Hawick.

Johnstons of Elgin at Hawick.

  • Next to the pleasant country town of Kelso on banks of River Tweed. Here we were provided with a guided walking tour of the town which featured many historic buildings of architectural interest including the ruined Abbey.

Historic house, formerly known as the ‘Ragged School’.

Historic Houses, Kelso

Horseshoe embedded in Roxburgh Street and traditionally associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Kelso Town Hall.

Queen Anne Architecture.

River Tweed with Floors Castle in distance.

Kelso Abbey.

Kelso Old Parish Church

  • Next, our local contact kindly took us to his home for lunch and an opportunity to view some items of historical memorabilia.
  • Next we visited Hume Castle which boasts an intriguing history. On Cromwell’s orders (in the 17th century) a medieval castle standing on an elevated position was destroyed but the site was subsequently/ purchased by a local landowner who rebuilt the castle walls on the original foundations as a feature of the landscape. Such structure is known as a folly.Views from the castle, particularly south towards the Cheviot Hills, which form the England-Scotland border, are stunning .

Video clip of view from Hume Castle

Cheviot Hills from Hume Castle.

Hume Castle

  • Our final visit was to Greenknowe Tower, an unoccupied 16th century Tower House, which is substantially intact and conveniently located close to the A 6105 near the village of Gordon.

Greenknowe Tower, Gordon

With day’s tour completed we drove to Edinburgh Airport in readiness for guest’s departure at conclusion of a fourteen day, round Scotland tour.

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