The Local Area


Kelso Racecourse - 3 mi / 4.9 km

Kelso Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in Kelso, Scotland. The official website describes the course as Britain's Friendliest Racecourse.

Kelso Abbey - 3.8 mi / 6.1 km

Kelso Abbey is a ruined Scottish abbey in Kelso, Scotland. It was founded in the 12th century by a community of Tironensian monks first brought to Scotland in the reign of Alexander I. A masterpiece of monastic architecture and once one of Scotland's largest and wealthiest religious houses.

Floors Castle - 3.9 mi / 6.2 km

Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and family home of the 11th Duke of Roxburghe. What you will see is an evolving story of a house and gardens with impressions left by succeeding generations.

Mellerstain House - 6.1 mi / 9.8 km

Mellerstain truly is one of the great houses of Scotland and as well as being a must-see attraction and gardens. Located in the heart of the Scottish Borders, the house is a unique example of William & Robert Adam’s design.

Smailholm Tower - 6.2 mi / 10 km

Sited high on a rocky outcrop, Smailholm is a small rectangular tower set within a stone barmkin wall. This 65 ft tower house was built by a well-known Scottish family in the first half of the 15th century, and today you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding areas.

Dryburgh Abbey - 9.5 mi / 15.2 km

Dryburgh Abbey, near Dryburgh on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, was nominally founded on 10 November 1150 in an agreement between Hugh de Morville, Constable of Scotland, and the Premonstratensian canons regular from Alnwick Abbey in Northumberland.

The Jim Clark Room - 12.7 mi / 20.5 km

Visit the new Jim Clark Motorsport Museum and discover the incredible story of Jim Clark’s life and racing career with an exciting interactive museum experience. Jim Clark is widely regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, admired for his remarkable achievements and humility.

Duns Castle Nature Reserve - 12.7 mi / 20.5 km

Standing proudly since the 14th century, Duns Castle is in a unique location in the Scottish Borders, surrounded by tranquil parkland, on the outskirts of the small market town of Duns.


The nearby city of Kelso offers a wide variety of independent and handmade shops.

The Kelso Pottery

The Kelso Pottery was set up in 1970 by Ian and Elizabeth Hird. They make a range of domestic stoneware including mugs, jugs, bowls, plates, vases, baking dishes, and piggy banks. Ian has also developed a range of Pit-Fired decorative pieces using local coloured clays. Designs from prehistoric times are mixed with stylised deer, hares, curlews, and crows to give the “feel” of the Border landscape.

The Mole House

Combining her trade as a ceramic tiler, her love of wood and colourful travelling experiences Claire, the shop’s owner, creates various mosaic pieces and mirrors for homes and gardens as well as driftwood lamps. She also stocks Sculptures in various mediums, pottery, china, glassware, sheila fleet designer jewellery, prints, soft toys, and wooden toys.


Kelso Golf Club

18 hole, par 71 course is set in the beautiful Scottish Borders. The course is generally flat, allowing for easy walking and is set partially within Kelso Racecourse. The course is maintained to a high level and sets a suitable challenge to every standard of player.

Nenthorn Equestrian Centre

They offer lessons for all ages, Pony Club for over 6s, and hacking for over 16s plus riding club and common riding subject to skill assessment. There are over 60 happy horses from whose ranks you will be loaned one suitable to your needs and abilities, ensuring the comfort of both rider and mount!

Border Ice – Kelso

This is a rare treat, in that with all the curling and skating clubs they host there are very limited times in which you can just go for a skid about. However, if you can get in when they are open, you'll find a welcoming environment, excellent facilities and all the equipment you need is here for hire, so all you need to bring is yourselves in some warm comfortable clothes, preferably with light gloves.


The local area is famous for its fishing and has a number of opportunities for people who are keen, including local fishing shops to get supplies.


There are a number of organisations and organise shooting around the local area, so if this is what you are looking for you are at the correct place.

Local Country Pursuits - Walking, Cycling & Running

There are lots of walking routes like the St Cuthberts Way and the Borders Abbeys Way. Cycling, walking and running can be easily enjoyed in the countryside.

See Visit Kelso for more information.

Food and Drinks

Hoot ‘n Cat – Kelso

The Hoot n Cat Coffee Shop opened over five years ago as a family run business.

They provide, good, in house, home-made style baking, scones, cakes, tarts, and shortbread. Tasty nourishing soups in addition to our continental range of paninis, ciabattas, flatbreads, freshly prepared salads and sandwiches to order. They also have a gluten-free range, a variety of teas, including fruit teas. They also serve great Columbian filter coffee, freshly ground Cotopaxi beans for cappuccinos, lattes, espressos, and our delicious indulgent luxury hot chocolates

Terrace Café, Floors Castle – Kelso

Homemade using local produce, enjoy the seasonal delights available at the Terrace Café, from soup with their signature flower pot bread to tasty fishcakes made to the Duke’s secret recipe. They offer a fresh garden café atmosphere with our trademark spotty teapots and alfresco dining within the walled garden. Whether you fancy a delicious latté and a homemade scone or something more substantial like our famous fishcakes or kedgeree, you will find a tasty menu with something for all ages and tastes. They are open all year round from 10am to 5pm daily.

Cafe U – Kelso

This is a Fair Trade Coffee House & Kitchen! They bake on the premises daily and cook cosy hot and healthy meals. We also refresh our salad bar daily. At Cafe U they cater for vegan and vegetarian customers, and always have gluten-free options. Freshly ground organic coffee can be customised to your taste, and their loose-leaf tea menu is extensive. Children are always welcome, as they have easy access facilities for buggies or wheelchair users. You will also find beautifully crafted fair trade and ethical gifts, toys and cards from around the world to look at while you enjoy a coffee.

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