Things to do in Kelso Scottish Borders
Historical-Buildings in Scotland
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’.
In the care of Historic Scotland. 5 star grading
OS ref: NT 637346
How to get there:
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.
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.
On site parking for cars and buses.
Audio Tour available
Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Concessions £3.60.
Telephone 01573 460365
As the surrounding area is under grass, sensible footwear is recommended.
VisitScotland 5 star Castle
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