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Smailholm Tower, Scottish Borders
Smailholm Tower

Smailholm Tower

Things to do in Kelso Scottish Borders
Historical-Buildings in Scotland

Description:
This is a well preserved and well restored border tower house dating from the 15th century. Situated on Sandyknowe Farm, it is visible for miles around. Formerly the home of the Pringles of Smailholm and later that of the Scotts of Harden, it was well known to Sir Walter Scott who came to Sandyknowe regularly to visit his grandfather.
The tower was surrounded by a barmkin wall, which enclosed the outhouses, chapel and kitchen.
Three storeys in height with a garret and parapet, it now houses an excellent display of dolls which illustrate the stories from Scott’s ‘Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border’.

Ownership:
In the care of Historic Scotland. 5 star grading

Situation:
OS ref: NT 637346

How to get there:
By car:
6miles west of Kelso along the A6089, St Boswells road, before turning off onto B6404. Tower visible from turn off.

By public transport
Buses use A6089 – Kelso to St Boswells, but quite a walk from the road end to the Tower.

Opening Hours:
April to Sept: – 9.30am to 5.30pm.
November to March - Now Closed
(Extended till end October in 2017)

Last entry 30 mins before closing.

Facilities:
On site parking for cars and buses.
Shop.
Audio Tour available

Admission:
Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Concessions £3.60.

Contact:
Telephone 01573 460365

Additional info:
As the surrounding area is under grass, sensible footwear is recommended.
VisitScotland 5 star Castle

Web link:
Historic Scotland

Places to stay nearby:
Kelso

Local Towns and Villages
- Smailholm
- Kelso

The Exhibition, Smailholm Tower, Scottish Borders
The Exhibition, Smailholm Tower
The Exhibition, Smailholm Tower, Scottish Borders
The Exhibition, Smailholm Tower

Smailholm Tower, Scotland