Kelso, River Teviot and Roxburgh

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Kelso is arguably the prettiest of the Scottish Borders abbey towns, situated at the confluence of the Rivers Tweed and Teviot. There are peaceful riverside walks from where salmon can be seen leaping. The central square shows Flemish influence, there is a ruined abbey to explore and Floors Castle adjoins the town.

This easy circular walk starts from a free public car park by the Tweed, which it follows to the Junction Pool, where the Teviot joins. The route then follows the Teviot riverbank past the ruined Roxburgh Castle, dating from around 1120. There are many herons fishing this stretch of river and otters may also be seen.

At Roxburgh, the walk joins the route of the old railway line which linked Kelso with St Boswells, back to the start. This part of the route has an elevated section, from which there are good views over rolling Borders countryside. Paths are good and wayfinding is very easy.

Scotland - South Scotland - Scottish Borders - Tweed Valley


Ancient Monument, Birds, Castle, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Pub, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Wildlife, Woodland
03/01/2023 - Tom and Joyce Kay

River wildlife, views and historical attributes, ensure constantly changing features on this walk. As the Teviot was higher than normal level extensive sections of path were submerged entailing making way through undergrowth and along field edges. Under these conditions the walk is moderate rather than easy. The Roxburgh viaduct with an excellent footbridge attached to it makes a commanding approach. However, our efforts were fully justified and completed by an easy return along a higher disused railway track with expansive views.