What to do in The Scottish Borders
Looking for something to occupy your time?
The Scottish Borders offers so many activities from walking, fishing and golfing to events such as festivals, markets and shows to historic homes and visitor attractions, we would be hard pressed to include everything on our site. For a full calendar of events in the town please see Visit Kelso. For the wider Borders, download the Scotland Starts Here app from your app store. Here are one or two ideas:
Things to do
It’s free, it’s green and great for your health! We have so many books, maps and trails for you to use, the possibilities are endless. We love walking this area so don’t be shy – ask us for recommendations. Alternatively go to Scottish Borders Council for downloadable walks around towns.
Kelso is on the Coast & Castles route. We have quieter roads in the Borders and the area is great for those looking for the chance to pedal, pedal, pedal! Cycle Scottish Borders website for cycling routes.
Kelso has it’s own course which is reasonably flat and therefore easy to walk. If you need more of a challenge Schloss Roxburghe offers an 18 hole championship course in stunning surroundings just short drive away.
Kelso has it’s own Race Course which is just over 1 mile from our door. Meetings take place from September to May.
Curling/Ice skating/Roller skating
Give it a try at our Ice Rink.
Beirhope Alpaca Trekking
Something a little different ? Why not take an alpaca for a stroll? Great fun and set amongst some breathtaking scenery.
Traditional Outdoor Country pursuits
Including Deer Stalking, Fly Fishing, Game Shooting, plus Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Tomahawk Throwing and Air Rifle Shooting at Roxburghe Shooting School.
Country and Western Festival
May & October
The Great Tapestry of Scotland
5 star purpose-built visitor attraction in Galashiels. The tapestry tells the story of Scotland’s history, heritage, innovations and culture.
Border Event Centre
A full programme of events at Springwood Park, Border Events Centre.
Castle, country houses and parks
We have so many to choose from. Floors Castle is around a 1 mile walk from our door. A little further away is Mellerstain, Abbotsford, Traquair, Bowhill, Thirlestane Castle and Smailholm Tower to name just a few.
The Border Abbeys
Kelso Abbey is free to visit and just 2 minutes walk from our front door. The other Abbeys are located at Jedburgh, Melrose and Dryburgh.
During the summer months the Border Towns host week long festivals. These begin in June and continue until August. Our local town festival is known as Kelso Civic Week and it takes place in July. There are many sights to see in the town during this week including ‘Ride Outs’, Pipers, Parades and the inauguration of the Kelso Laddie.
Accreditations and awards
Just outside Jedburgh is the Capon Tree believed to be the last survivor of the ancient Jed Forest. The tree is a hollow Oak tree now held up in places by wooden supports and is thought to be about 1000 years old. The tree can be visited by parking just opposite or a...
April 2022 brought us two brothers both here for the fishing on the beautiful River Tweed. Congratulations goes to Mr Rob Burns who landed this lovely 8lbs salmon caught between the coals on the Rutherford beat. It's great to see fish being caught up here in the...
The sun is out, it's a beautiful warm July day and we need a socially distant outdoor activity with a tasty reward. So off to Border Berries at Rutherford a short drive along the river from Kelso to pick the best strawberries you will find anywhere! Stepping out of...