The market town of Kelso lies at the confluence of the River Teviot and the River Tweed.
Kelso offers both primary and secondary education within the town. Amenities include a number of supermarkets, a swimming pool, medical practice, dental practices, library, registry office, a rugby club, football club and cricket club. In the centre of the town you will find a large cobbled square – the largest market square in Scotland. The square is host to a number of specialist shops and a regular farmers market reflecting a predominantly agricultural community.
Built in 1721, Floors Castle is the largest inhabited house in Scotland and home to the Duke of Roxburgh. The Castle and its surroundings offer walled gardens, a cycle trail, woodland and riverside walks, cafes and a gift shop. The annual international horse trials and a host of events and activities are also held at Floors Castle throughout the year ranging from music concerts to festive wreath making.
Kelso Abbey provides a beautiful backdrop to the cobbled streets and charming architecture.
Known by many as ‘Britain’s Friendliest Racecourse’, Kelso Racecourse has been hosting horse racing since 1822 and now stages jump racing annually from May to September.
The Border Events Centre at Springwood Park holds the Border Union Agricultural Show in July every year as well as the annual Art Fair, Championship dog show, Border Union Ram Sales, antique fairs and many other events.
Kelso Civic Week is celebrated by the town every July and the ‘Kelsae Laddie’ and his left and right hand men lead the busy programme of ride-outs, social events and pageantry.