Kelso is a town in the Borders region
in southeast Scotland, 44 miles southeast
of Edinburgh, a good base to
explore the Borders.
Kelso is popular for visits to
Floors Castle just over 1 mile
west, Kelso Abbey a short walk south
of the Market Square, Riverside Walk from
Kelso Bridge, Town Hall with its Art
Gallery, and its Market Square, the
largest in Scotland with a Farmers
normally held on the 4th Saturday of each
throughout the year.
Large Click On Map for the area Towns and
Touring Parks in the area.
The image top is from Kelso Bridge, built in
1754, looking west to Floors Castle, one of the
top visitor attractions in the Borders.
The second image is from Kelso Bridge
looking north to Kelso Abbey about 200 yards,
and the Market Square about another 200 yards
past the Abbey.
There is a Riverside Path from the Bridge
towards Floors Castle, although that path stops
at the wall to the Castle.
Abbey is on Bridge Street leading to the
Market Square. It was built from the 1100s and
left to fall into ruin after Catholic Worship
was banned in Scotland in the 1560s. This a now
a scenic peaceful place to relax.
Hotel is between the Abbey and Market
Square on Bridge Street. This former Mansion
was built in 1751 by the architect James Nisbet
for James Dickson,
a native of Kelso, who made his fortune in
Kelso Market Square is the centre of town
with the Town Hall, built in 1816, and Cross Keys Hotel,
built in 1761, being the most notable
buildings. This is the largest Market Square in
Scotland, still used for a Farmers Market most
4th Saturdays of each month.
Shedden Park is situated a short walk east
of the Market Square with Vast Grasslands and a
Kelso Golf Club
is situated under 1 mile north of the Market
Square on Golf Course Road. The course was
founded in 1913 to designs of James Braid.
The Border Ice Rink is
next to the Golf Club, mainly for Curling.
Racecourse is situated about 1 mile north
of the Market Square on Golf Course Road. This
is a scenic Racecourse with meetings throughout
Other attractions in Kelso are the Swimming Pool,
and Rugby Club.