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Review of Smailholm Tower

Smailholm Tower
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Kelso
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Owner description: Sited high on a rocky outcrop, Smailholm is a small rectangular tower set within a stone barmkin wall. This 65 ft towerhouse was built by a well-known Scottish Borders family in the first half of the 15th century, and today you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside from Smailholm Tower’s battlements. Inside the tower is a model of this Pringle residence and a charming collection of costume figures and tapestries relating to Sir Walter Scott's Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders. It was the sight of Smailholm that fired Walter Scott's imagination when, as a young boy, he was brought up by his grandparents at the nearby farm of Sandyknowe.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Been meaning to visit here for a while, finally got here on a beautiful sunny day so we were able to enjoy the views and appreciate why the tower was built where it was. Helpful guy on duty and although we didn't use the audio guide we still found it fascinating, especially the climb to the top and out on the roof admiring the views. Nice walk from the car park up the rocky grassy hill with plenty wild flowers in bloom when we were there.

Thank Quirky-Bird-Gardener
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Well worth the short but steep climb from the car park for the history, the Sir Walter Scott connection and especially the views from the balcony. The gentleman on the reception desk was particularly helpful and friendly, advising us on where we could find lunch locally. A few words of advice: there is no running water on site, so - no loos!

1  Thank ambridge78
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Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

This tower surrounded by working farm seems so authentic. You can imagine how it felt to be on the borders when attack/war was a constant threat. Nice little hike from the parking lot and not too far off the main road.

Thank RABCDN B
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

If you are visiting the Scottish Border Abbeys, take some time to see Smailholm Tower. It is a five story 1400’s fortified tower perched atop a rock outcropping. This combination makes it possible to see 30 miles to Bamburgh Castle on a clear day. Smailholm Tower is part of Historic Scotland and has ties to Sir Walter Scott. On our visit there are a number of exhibits inside dedicated to Scott. There is plenty of parking and it is only 7.5 miles fro Kelso Abbey. The views really can’t be beat.

Thank YoAndLeighVisit
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

We started the walk from Smailholm, this was en route and a very pleasant stop. We were pleased to see it open, if you intend to visit check opening times. A very informative guide was on hand to answer questions. Wonderful views from the tower.

Thank Liz H
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