06 Feb Kelso, Scottish Borders
This is a busy market town surrounded by parkland.
It’s a beautiful place worth seeing on any tours of Scotland.
Kelso has many fine houses, including Ednam House.
This was built in 1761 and has beautiful Italian ceilings.
It now functions as a hotel and at Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours we use the property for clients.
The greatest architectural attraction of Kelso are the ruins of Kelso Abbey.
The Abbey was founded in 1128 and is worth looking at.
There is also Floors Castle nearby.
Built in 1718 and remodelled in 1838 it is magnificent.
French prisoners from the Napoleonic wars-built part of a wall around the castle, and also built a theatre.
Within the fine grounds and gardens is a holly tree.
This is said to mark the place where King James the second was killed by a cannon in 1460, at the siege of Roxburgh.
Kelso is a real hidden gem on any tours of Scotland.