Floors Castle, Kelso, Scotland

Today, our focus was places and activities in and around Kelso in the Scottish Borders region.

Floors Castle

Firstly, we all visited the magnificent Floors Castle which is the largest inhabited house in Scotland being home to the Tenth Duke of Roxburghe and family. The Castle was built in 1721 to design by Robert Adam with subsequent enlargement in 1830s to design of William Playfair. Inside are paintings, porcelain, tapestries and furniture plus insights into the family’s history.

Floors Castle, Kelso.

Outside of the Castle can be found a Walled Garden, Millennium Garden, children’s adventure playground plus walks and cycle trails through woodland and along riverside.

Herbaceous border at Floors Castle

Walled Garden at Floors Castle.

Walled Garden at Floors Castle

We spent about three hours at Floors Castle.

Kelso

This is a popular and prosperous small town with population of about 5700. Features include:

  • Ruined 12th century Abbey which ceased to function in 1559.
  • Large, cobbled market square.
  • Mix of Georgian and Victorian architecture dating from 1750 onwards.
  • Located close to River Tweed, a salmon and trout river.
  • Multiple small shops plus hotels, pubs and eateries.

Riparian View: River Tweed at Kelso

War Memorial and Kelso Abbey

Town Hall, Kelso, Scotland.

The Square, Kelso, Scotland

Fishing

Two gentlemen in the party elected to indulge in a spot of fly fishing (for trout and grayling) on the River Tweed.

Fly fishing on River Tweed at Kelso, Scotland

Tomorrow, we continue our exploration of the Borders.

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