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Welcome to Kelso and Kelso Living

Kelso Living is an online hub celebrating all that’s best about living in Kelso and the Scottish Borders. Whether you live or work here, or are visiting the area, you’ll find lots of insider tips about where to eat, shop, and explore, as well as news and stories about what’s happening in the Kelso area.

Kelso-2071Kelso is home to dazzlingly beautiful architecture which is a result of its rich history. In 1128 King David 1 allowed Monks to build an Abbey and even in today’s age the architecture is in fantastic shape which allows visitors to gaze upon the wonders and beauty of the historic building.

Kelso is also home to Floors Castle which was built in 1721 for the 1st Duke of Roxburghshire. The castle has undergone development which has helped to keep the building in an extremely fit and healthy condition.

In addition to Floors Castle, Smailholm Tower holds many historic secrets and it’s surrounded by the beautiful greens of the Scottish Borders which convey the attractive nature of the Tower.

Kelso also has a wide variety of events which makes for an exciting day out for all. For example, the Kelso races allow visitors to watch the exhilarating sport of horse racing and the races provide a fun and interesting day out for everyone involved.

The Kelso Civic Week is another main event that is filled with festive fun and is an extremely enjoyable week for both locals and tourists.

Kelso’s hospitality is extremely friendly and welcoming which adds to the enjoyable and exciting nature of Kelso. Overall Kelso is a fantastic town and is filled with a rich history and welcoming atmosphere which makes Kelso well worth the visit.

Take a look at what we’re proud of in this beautiful Borders town, and send us news about the places and people you want to shout about.

Scottish Borders Living-9594Exploring the Scottish Borders Region

Kelso is located east of Galashiels and Melrose and is in between the two main routes from the Northeast of England to and from Edinburgh.  The A68 runs from Darlington, going through the Northumberland National Park to Jedburgh, Lauder and then onto Edinburgh while the A697 runs from Morpeth through to Wooler and Coldstream to Edinburgh .

There are many towns within easy reach from Kelso including Melrose, Jedburgh, Duns and Coldstream.  Closer to Kelso are villages including Sprouston, Stichill, Smailholm and Roxburgh.

Scottish Borders Living-9462The Four Abbeys of the Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders has four magnificent ruined abbeys to explore.  One is in the town

One, of course, is in Kelso while the other three abbeys are located in Melrose (14 miles), Dryburgh (10miles) and Jedburgh (12 miles).  Along the way to all of the abbeys are some great places to stop for tea, coffee and cake!

All are within easy reach to Kelso.  More information on the abbeys can be found under the tourism section.

Edinburgh-2257Visiting Edinburgh

Kelso is just over an hour from Edinburgh (44miles), and if you’re looking to visit the city to explore, watch a show or to see the world renowned Edinburgh Military Tattoo then it is easy to get to.  You can travel to Tweedbank, just outside Melrose and get the new Borders Waverley train to Edinburgh. Trains run every half hour and the last train leaving Edinburgh is just before midnight.

Take a look at what we’re proud of in this beautiful Borders town, and send us news about the places and people you want to shout about.

Town Survey – Your views are important to us

If you have visited Hawick then we want to hear your views and opinions on the town.  The survey takes only a few minutes to complete.  Every month all completed surveys from the Scottish Borders Living network of town sites will be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury Scottish Borders hamper.

Please click here to complete the survey.

Finding your way around Kelso Living…

KelsoIf you live or work in Kelso or the surrounding area then check out the ‘My Kelso’, ‘Young People’ and ‘Business’ sections from the top menu bar.

These three sections of the Kelso Living website contain information and articles for the local community, local businesses and also for young people in the area.

The main menu bar provides links to shops and local businesses, hotels and restaurants, events and places to visit as well as the ‘Magazine’ sections that contains  features and articles.  All these sections of Kelso Living are there for everyone living and working in the area as well as for those visiting Melrose either for the day or longer.

We would love to hear from you…

If you would like to get in touch with us at Kelso Living to promote an event, discuss a local issue or if you want to get involved then email:

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