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Floors Castle - A historic gem in the Scottish Borders

14th June 2013 Print
Floors Castle

Originally built in 1721, Floors Castle is the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and home to the 10th Duke of Roxburghe.  Set in the beautiful Scottish Borders and part of the Roxburghe Estate, Floors Castle is open from May to October and gives a fascinating insight into the lives of successive Dukes.

As a family home, the Castle is both informal and grand with historic tapestries, beautiful gardens and a cafe and restaurant.  Popular with group travel and individual visitors alike, a visit to Floors is a superb day out.  Add to that the range of sporting and country pursuits on the Estate, a luxury country house hotel and a championship golf course, the Roxburghe Estate offers a great destination in its own right.

Located in the bustling town of Kelso, Floors Castle was built for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721, but extensively remodelled a century later and again in the 1930s.  The Castle houses many significant tapestries and paintings as well as exhibitions around the role of successive dukes in the coronation of our monarchs and some unique modern art.  The Castle is surrounded by extensive landscaped gardens including a fine Victorian kitchen garden supplying flowers and home produce for the Castle, its shop, restaurant and cafe.

Visitors who admire the superb gardens of the Estate can also enjoy the highly commended Plant Centre which sells many of the plants seen in the gardens including some unique and precious specimens.

Also available on the Estate is some of the best fishing in Scotland on the iconic Tweed, shooting on the Lammermuir Hills; shooting and fishing tuition with a ghillie; and a superb championship golf course.

Adjacent to the Castle is the lovely 22 bedroom Roxburghe Hotel which offers a luxurious way to visit the Estate and enjoy the range of activities.  A country house gem with its own golf course and beauty suite, it is the Duke and Duchess’s personal touches that make Roxburghe Hotel so special.  From the furnishings and paintings from the Duke’s own home, to his hand on the wine list, golf experience and country pursuits, the hotel is a true home from home with character and personality throughout.

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Floors Castle