Activities & Local Events
Here are just a few reasons why you will want to visit the Borders:
The Scottish Borders has eighteen hundred square miles, from rolling hills and moorland, gentle valleys, rich agricultural plains to rocky coastline with secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages.
The River Tweed, fed by its many tributaries providing over 100 miles of some of the best fishing in Scotland. Try your hand at golf, horse riding, walking or cycling with over 1500 miles of walking paths, 1200 miles of country roads and 22 golf courses to choose from.
Discover friendly towns and charming villages, visit the castles, gardens, abbeys, stately homes and museums illustrating the exciting, often bloody history of the area.
Immerse yourself in Scottish Borders culture and traditions through the Common Ridings and other local festivals.
There are more horses per head of population in the Borders than anywhere else in Britain. The Common Riding is a tradition in each town (Kelso, Hawick, Lauder, Melrose, Galashiels, Selkirk) going back hundreds of years where the men would annually ride the boundaries of their "common land". This tradition is unique to the Borders due to the bloody history with England and it is a tradition that to this day has a rivalry with the towns, but also creates a close bonding link. The ridings today are a weeklong festive celebration with all the town folk watching the horses going out, street parades and other festivities - if you can do not miss this!
Take home internationally renowned textiles, cashmere, other woollens and crafts eating out and enjoying local produce with a wide choice of hotels, inns, restaurants and cafes.
No matter the time of year Kelso has something to offer all it's visitors whether it is a short break to take in some Cashmere shopping in the local woollen mills in and around Hawick or a longer visit enjoying all that the Border Towns like Melrose and Galashiels have to offer, either way Kelso and the Roxburghe should be your home for what is sure to be a truly memorable stay.
Floors Castle - Guided Garden Tours
Tours of the grounds and gardens at Floors Castle are available throughout the year.
Enjoy walks and watching the gardens changing through the seasons. Andrew Simmons is Floors Castle's head gardener and gives regular guided tours of the gardens. Before joining Floors Castle, Andrew enjoyed a few years at Balmoral Castle, producing a colourful garden for the Royal Family. Tours usually start from the Castle and cover the Star Plantation, the Millennium Parterre as well as a look into seasonal flowers and plantations.