Activities in Kelso

Nearby The Waggon

Here’s our wee guide for families and visitors to Kelso, including Kelso Abbey, Floors Castle, and Mellerstain House, all conveniently located within a short drive from our restaurant, along with vibrant cycling paths and family-friendly venues like the Border Ice Rink and Kelso Racecourse.

ACTIVITIES IN KELSO

Nearby The Waggon

Here’s our wee guide for families and visitos to Kelso, including Kelso Abbey, Floors Castle, and Mellerstain House, all conveniently located within a short drive from our restaurant, along with vibrant cycling paths and family-friendly venues like the Border Ice Rink and Kelso Racecourse.

Exploring Kelso

Kelso Abbey

Kelso Abbey, a two-minute walk from The Waggon, is a must-visit for anyone exploring Kelso. This historic site offers a glimpse into Scotland’s monastic past. Despite ongoing conservation, its exterior still captivates visitors with its architectural beauty. You can enjoy a leisurely, self-guided exploration around the Abbey, learning about its history through informative plaques. As a free attraction, it’s ideal for a family outing. Do remember to dress suitably for the outdoor setting. Combine your visit to Kelso Abbey with a stroll along the River Tweed or a visit to Kelso’s town square for a perfect start to your day exploring the heritage and beauty of Kelso.

Floors Castle

Floors Castle is just a short 8-minute journey from The Waggon.In the winter, it’s really special to walk in the gardens when it’s cold but dry. The castle might be closed, but the gardens are still open.

The castle grounds are amazing to see, especially with the River Tweed and green fields nearby. It’s so nice outside that many visitors prefer to explore the gardens rather than going inside the castle.

In the summer, the gardens are even more beautiful. They are full of colourful flowers and well-kept plants. It’s a perfect spot for a day out, whether you’re interested in long walks or just want to see the pretty views.

Floors Castle is not just about the past; it’s a lively place that’s really connected to the local community. It’s a great place to learn about history, enjoy nature, and have a good time. 

Mellerstain House & Gardens

Mellerstain House and Gardens, just a 14-minute drive from our restaurant, is a beautiful destination for families. The gardens are a real highlight, with visitors often praising their stunning beauty and vibrant colours. They’re perfect for a walk, especially along the well-signposted woodland path around the lake, with the impressive house as a backdrop.

The house itself, designed by the renowned Adams brothers, is filled with fascinating furnishings, beautiful ceilings, and four-poster beds. The guided tours, led by knowledgeable guides make the history of the house come alive. The tours are a highlight for many visitors, offering insights into the property’s rich history and architecture.

With its combination of historical interest, beautiful gardens, and art installations – it’s a great place to spend a few hours, especially if the sun is shining, offering a mix of indoor and outdoor experiences that cater to all interests.

Cycling Around Kelso

Cycling around Kelso is an adventure that any bike enthusiast or casual rider will love. The routes around this picturesque Scottish Borders town mostly take you through quiet, lesser-known roads. 

South of the River Tweed, the landscape becomes more hilly, offering exciting downhill runs. You’ll cycle through mixed woodlands, enjoying the tranquility and beauty of the area. It’s a great mix of challenge and scenic beauty, perfect for those who love a bit of variety in their rides.

Kelso is a fantastic starting point for several well-known cycling routes. Whether you’re taking on the full Borderloop, exploring the Tweed Cycle Route, looping from Kelso to Melrose, or embarking on the Coast and Castles journey, Kelso is the heart of cycling in the region. Its status as a beautiful Abbey town adds to the charm of each ride, making every cycling trip here a memorable one.

Border Ice Rink

Border Ice Rink, is a 4-minute drive from The Waggon, is an excellent spot for spending some time on a rainy day. The rink is celebrated for its friendly customer service, making it a welcoming place for families and skaters of all skill levels.

It’s ideal for anyone looking to skate, whether it’s a first-timer or someone revisiting the sport. Alongside skating, the rink also offers curling, adding variety to the activities available. With a warm atmosphere and engaging activities, the Border Ice Rink is a perfect choice for a fun and active outing, especially when the weather outside is less favourable.

Kelso Racecourse

Just a 5-minute drive from us, Kelso Racecourse is a brilliant choice for a day out, especially for those new to horse racing. Known for its friendly atmosphere and stunning surroundings, it’s perfect for families and racing enthusiasts alike. 

Families will find the racecourse particularly inviting, with special activities and packs for children on family days. The focus on National Hunt racing provides a genuine and thrilling experience for race-goers.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned race enthusiast, Kelso Racecourse offers an engaging mix of exciting races and a relaxed, welcoming environment for families.

Visit Us at The Waggon

At The Waggon Inn, we believe in creating memorable moments for each guest, whether you’re a local or a visitor. And for those with furry friends, we’re not just dog-friendly – we’re dog enthusiasts! So, why not cap off your Kelso adventure with a meal at The Waggon Inn? Let us be a part of your Kelso experience – where good food, great company, and a friendly environment await!

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