Visiting Floors Castle in the Scottish Borders

Floors Castle in Kelso, is the largest inhabited castle in Scotland. It’s the home of the Dukes of Roxburghe. It was designed by the Scottish architect William Adam in the early 18th century. It was remodelled by William Playfair, another Scottish architect, the following century.

floors castle san carmen

Although we visited in late September, it was a warm day so we were appreciative of the shady carpark.

As we arrived in the early afternoon, we walked straight to the Terrace Cafe as we’d been offered a complimentary lunch. The Cafe was very busy and the staff were apologetic about the estimated 20 minute wait for food.

We decided to eat inside as it was a bit breezy. However, the outside area offers larger tables and a lot more space that the interior seating.

floors castle terrace cafe

My pear, walnut and blue cheese starter was worth the wait. The filling in my husband’s salmon fishcake starter seemed to be a bit runny. I loved the spotted teapot, milk jug, saucers and cups and the freshly baked bread which was served in what looked like a flowerpot.

floors castle terrace cafe starters

My husband’s venison sausages were tasty.

floors castle terrace cafe venison sausages

My pork casserole was very filling.

floors castle terrace cafe pork main course

We didn’t have any space left to sample the tempting desserts.

The Terrace Cafe is open all year round from 10am to 5pm daily.

Unfortunately, it’s not permitted to take photos in Floors Castle. There are some beautiful 15th century tapestries and a collection of porcelain. We found the collection of stuffed birds very interesting. It allowed us to see the difference between various members of avian families.

The courtyard at the exit to the Castle contains a lovely sculpture.

floors castle courtyard

From the flower beds at the back of Floors Castle, there’s good view of the castle’s turrets and chimneys.

floors castle flower bed

Floors Castle is closed until Spring. You should check the opening hours before visiting.