Smailholm Tower

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Smailholm, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 7PH

    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.

    This attraction is not recommended for visitors with physical disabilities. Access is uphill, across rough ground.

    Very occasionally the property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. Please check the Historic Scotland closures page for any unexpected site closures You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.

    5 Castle
    Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016

    Summer: 1 April - 30 Sept, Daily 9.30am - 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)
    Winter: Closed

    Ticket Information
    Adult £4.50 per ticket
    Child £2.70 per ticket
    Concession £3.60 per ticket

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


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