A Hume Guide to the Scottish Borders # 2
OK, so you’ve arrived in the Scottish Borders at your accommodation of choice, as recommended in our post Finding the Perfect Bolthole. No doubt you’re a wee bit peckish, thoughts are turning to dinner, long, cool drinks, and winding down.
If you’ve chosen to locate yourself in the Kelso area then The Cobbles Inn – CAMRA Pub of the Year 2012 – is the perfect place to commence your evening.
Tucked in a humble corner off Kelso’s historic market square, The Cobbles lives and breathes as every good Scottish Pub and Restaurant should. Award winning beers pour from the pipes, fires roar and imaginative, well-conceived dishes, reliant on locally sourced ingredients flow from the kitchen. How does Pan seared haunch of wild borders roe deer with venison liver en-croute sit with a weary traveler? Post-dining you may well be lucky enough to catch one of the bi-weekly sessions of the Kelso Folk Group, an informal gathering of local musicians who ply their tunes in the bar from 10.00pm on – at appropriate level of amplification. Well worth checking out.
It’s 9am; time for a spot of art. Pop your head in the door of A Hume Country Clothing – just to say hi – en route to The Art House Gallery, Bridge Street. The gallery handles work by a number of international artists, in particular the exquisite Still Life’s of Guillermo Jaurez, who draws his inspiration from the 17th Century Dutch Masters and work by more local names like colourist, John Lowrie Morrison, whose vivid depictions of the Scottish Landscape are increasingly sought by collectors.
10am; visual appetite sated, it’s time to think of lunch and a picnic purchased from deli Pharlanne, on Bridge Street, is just what you need – trust us, then read on.
With your delectable comestibles stowed safely, make for The Cobby, Kelso’s idyllic footpath along the banks of the Tweed. Tread at a leisurely pace in the direction of grand aristocratic seat, Floors Castle – this is your next destination.
Floors Castle is the home of the 10th Duke of Roxburghe, the castle is open to visitors who can explore independently, or enjoy a guided tour of the family’s extensive collections of art and antiques. The Garden is one of Scotland’s finest and encompasses a wonderful walled garden, home to long herbaceous borders, a mellow woodland walk, a formal parterre and a well-stocked commercial plant centre.
1pm; slope back onto the banks of the Tweed to enjoy your gourmet picnic and recover your energy for Part II of 48hrs in the Borders when we head to St Boswells and Melrose.