Out & About
If you enjoy a gentle walk or a good hike, sightseeing or just relaxing then ‘Tiore’ cottage is the place for you. The Scottish Borders has something for everyone throughout the year. It is an ideal location for watching wildlife and birds, photography, cycling, golf and fishing and more. Throughout the area there are many events, gardens and places of interest to visit and enjoy. On a warm day relax in the back garden and on a clear dark night be amazed by the sight of constellations of stars upon stars.
Tiore is an ideal base from which to explore the Scottish Borders and beyond
The historic market town of Kelso, at the junction of the River Tweed with the Teviot is a very special place and a friendly town. It has a swimming pool, ice rink, golf course and racecourse. Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the country, is home to the Duke of Roxburghe. Follow the town trail and you will learn how the area is steeped in history. The town centre has many unique shops where you will find that special gift or souvenir. In and around Kelso there are many excellent award winning cafés and restaurants. Eating out in the Scottish Borders is an experience well worth tasting.
Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne are little over an hour away as is Berwick upon Tweed, the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland coastline with easy access down to Holy Island and the Farne Islands.
Tiore is well situated as a base for a walking holiday. For gentle walks go no further than Bowmont Forest next to the cottage. Throughout the Borders you can find walks from easy to challenging. Walk up to the Waterloo Monument for an all round view of the Borders and beyond. Hike up and around the Eildon Hills by Melrose or venture into the Cheviot range. There is an annual walking festival held in the Borders in September with various walks arranged and guided for all ages and levels of fitness.
The landscape of the Scottish Borders is characterised by green, rolling hills divided by beautiful river valleys, the most famous of which is the Tweed. The river runs through the region for nearly 100 miles (160km) from its source above the Tweedsmuir to the sea at Berwick-upon-Tweed. Along or close to the river are many fine walks. The Teviot joins the Tweed in Kelso at the world famous Junction Pool.
Wildlife and Bird Watching
Deer can be spotted in and around the forest. From ‘Tiore’ windows and the garden you can delight in watching (according to the season) blue tits, great tits, coal tits, robins, wrens, blackbirds, chaffinches, goldfinches, greenfinches, nuthatch, woodpeckers, meadow pipits, warblers, siskins, buzzards, occasional merlin and other seasonal visitors. Ospreys can be seen locally and owls, though not often seen, are very often heard. And throughout the Borders there are special places for that wonderful sighting that all bird and wildlife watchers wait for and enjoy – visit the Nature Reserve at St Abbs, Bass Rock and Seabird Centre and the Farne Islands.
Tiore Cottage has a lockable shed for overnight storage of your bicycles. Cycle hire is available locally and we can arrange to have bikes delivered to Tiore ready for your arrival. Then you can spend your holiday riding on some of the best cycle routes, trails and passes in Europe. The Scottish Borders is a centre of excellence for mountain biking. You will find a great choice of cycle routes that start and finish in major towns around the Borders offering great cycling for all abilities. Follow the Four Abbeys Way or find your grade of route at Glentress or Innerleithen.
Panoramic views, vivid spring greens, spectacular summer colour, rustic golds in Autumn to artistic frosts and blanket snows in winter as well as flora, fauna, wildlife and places of interest – the keen photographer can always find something to take away as a souvenir of their stay. And as Christine knows from experience, most photographers forget to take pictures of themselves and their loved ones, so, as a special souvenir, Peter is happy to take a photograph of you and your family/party enjoying your time at Tiore.
The Scottish Borders is a golfer’s paradise where you can enjoy playing on a variety of courses. A Freedom of the Fairway ticket allows you to play on several of the many courses throughout the area from April to October. Find out more from the Visit Scotland website or from local Tourist Information Centres. Kelso has its own 18-hole course.
The Tweed, one of the top salmon rivers in the world, runs part of its hundred mile course through Kelso. There the Teviot joins the Tweed at the world famous Junction Pool. Recreational fishing in the Tweed is very popular with local anglers and those who travel from all over the world just to say they have fished there and (hopefully) caught one. Other delightful rivers are the Teviot, Eden, Whiteadder and Till.
The Scottish Borders has something for all fishermen. Do you enjoy sitting quietly dipping your rod into a small pool? Is your challenge a swift-flowing river as you stand there waist high in waders? Or do you long to land a large fish out at sea? There is a place for all of you to come and treat your pleasure and/or catch your supper.
History and sightseeing
Wallow in the history of the many historic sites and buildings or just absorb the atmosphere of spectacular views. The area excels in sightseeing opportunities.
We have rolling hills, moorland, gentle valleys, rich agricultural plains, rocky coastline, secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages. There are castles, gardens, abbeys, stately homes and museums which all illustrate the exciting and varied history of the area. And most of all we have a friendly and warm welcome for you.
Attractions: What’s on?
For information on events and attractions in and around Kelso and the Scottish Borders contact the local Tourist Information Centre or websites for visiting Scottish Borders and border events