Nestled in the heart of the Scottish Borders is a buzzing little town called Kelso. Although it is surrounding by the countryside, there is plenty to see and do here as its community is always up to something. Our complete guide to Kelso explores the top things to do and hotels in kelso.

Your Complete Guide to Kelso

The welcoming and enthusiastic nature of the locals here make it an excellent holiday destination for those that want to explore the best that Scotland has to offer.

Discover more about the activities and events that happen in Kelso throughout the year and the best places to stay in this Scottish market town.

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Things to do in Kelso

If you enjoy the finer things in life, then a weekend break in Kelso is something that you would enjoy. From farmers markets to folk music nights you can experience so much during a short time here.

We have created a full list of things for you to do when you visit Kelso.

Kelso Abbey

Slap on the edge of Kelso, the old abbey is a shadow of its former glory being cannoned during the Rough Wooing during the 1500s. However, the is but still a fantastic example of medieval, Romanesque architecture.

Kelso Abbey was built in 1128

Admission is free!

Floors Castle and Gardens

Floors castle

Floors Castle, built in 1721 is Scotland’s largest inhabited castle. The castle is currently inhabited by the 10th Duke of Roxburghe and his family. However, you can still visit the castle at specific opening times.

The castle offers a traditional Victorian walled garden and glasshouses, superb walks, the Millenium garden and much more.

A walk around the gardens alone is well worth the visit!

Farmers Market

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Who doesn’t love wandering around the stalls of a farmer’s market? It’s great nibbling away at all the goods on offer and taking home fresh produce from local providers.

Kelso locals and vibrant tourists attend the market at Kelso Square on the fourth Saturday of the from 9.30am till 1.30pm.

A range of foods are on offer at the event – something for everyone Alcohol is also sold along with, soaps and body care products, knitted and hand-crafted items, garden plants.

Kelso Racecourse

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Known as Britain’s Friendliest Racecourse, you can enjoy a great day out at this venue in Klothos National Hunt Racecourse hosts racing from September through until May.

If you are wondering the best way to get here, Kelso Racecourse sells a ‘Track 2 Track’ pack, which gives visitors return transport from Tweedbank Station to the racecourse, ensuring that they have stress free day and can enjoy the course’s hospitality to the fullest – we told you it was friendly!

Smailholm Tower

Smailholm tower things to do kelso

5 miles outside of Kelso, Smailholm Tower is a peel tower atop a rocky outcrop of Lady Hill with expansive views over the immediate countryside.

You can tour the inside of the tower but the real value is in the walk and views.

Kelso Folk & Live Music Club

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The beauty of visiting a small Scottish town is that you will get a chance to see something a little bit unique.

The town’s Folk & Live Music Club perform on a Friday at The Oak Room, Cross Keys Hotel. On the night the club will jam to both traditional and contemporary music while guests can watch and enjoy in comfortable lounge settings.

New performers and audience members are always made welcome and entrance is free.

Beirhope Alpacas

Alpacas things to do kelso

What’s more chilled out than hanging around with Alpacas in the foothills of the Cheviot Hills?

This family-run smallholding invites guests to come along and enjoy the stunning scenery around Kelso in the company of their furry friends.

Apparently, the Bierhope Alpacas “love to be fussed over” – where can we book?

Kelso Cycling Routes

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Kelso is a wonderful place to explore by bike.

Routes that run through the town include the Scottish Borders with The Borderloop, The Tweed Cycle Route, The 4 Abbeys Cycleway and The Coast and Castles.

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