Inside historic town an hour from Edinburgh branded ‘most beautiful in Scotland’

A HISTORIC destination an hour from Edinburgh was once branded the “most beautiful” in the country.

The market town of Kelso, in the Scottish Borders, is well-known for its attractive town centre, fishing and picturesque countyside.

The River Tweed in Kelso, Scottish Borders


The River Tweed in Kelso, Scottish BordersCredit: Alamy
The Walled Garden at Floors Castle near Kelso


The Walled Garden at Floors Castle near KelsoCredit: Alamy

The town’s famous square, which hosts weekly markets and two annual fairs, is also home to many specialist shops.

And it’s located just an hour’s drive from Scotland’s capital for those looking for a break from the buzz of the city.

Famous poet Sir Walter Scott attended Kelso Grammar School and famously spoke of his affection for the area.

According to Kelso Heritage Society, he wrote: “To this period also I can trace the awakening of that delightful feeling for the beauty of natural objects.

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“The neighbourhood of Kelso, the most beautiful if not the most romantic village in Scotland.

“The meeting of two superb rivers, the Tweed and the Teviot, the ruins of an ancient abbey, the more distant vestiges of Roxburgh Castle.

“From this time the love of natural beauty, more especially when combined with ancient ruins … became with me an insatiable passion.”

Visitors to the market town can find lots to do including the Border Union agricultural show, ram and horse sales, Kelso Races, point-to-point and the Scottish Championship dog show.

Kelso Civic Week is the town’s annual festival and adopts many of the features of the older Border Common Ridings.

Tourists can also visit Floors Castle and explore the fine art, porcelain, tapestries, grand rooms and views over the River Tweed.

Meanwhile, Kelso Abbey provides an opportunity to explore the remains of one of Scotland’s wealthiest religious houses.

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