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Floors Castle

Floors Castle Gates

Floors Castle

Clearly visible from Kelso Bridge, looking upstream, is Floors Castle - the largest inhabited house in Scotland. The original house, which was a plain, simple dwelling, was re-designed by William Adam in the 1720's, as a more grand dwelling for John, 1st Duke of Roxburghe, but William Playfair, when he remodelled it in 1849, added all the frills and fripperies which we see today. The very splendid entrance gates were erected in 1929 as a silver wedding gift from the 8th Duchess to her husband. On view, within the Castle, are many fine pieces of French furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries, along with oriental and european porcelain.

Within the grounds are fine walks, a walled garden, picnic areas and a garden centre and restaurant.

Those who saw the film 'Tarzan of Greystoke' may recognise the building, as it was the setting of the film. Locals also took part as extras in the production. Open Easter to October, seven days. Admission charge.

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