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Smailholm Tower

Closes in 13 min: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Beautiful, even closed

We knew this was closed as we got there, we just wanted to view the outside & take in the stunning... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Beverley, United Kingdom
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Very Interesting Piece of the History of the Borders

This old tower sits alone on a hill, surveying the countryside all around it. It was a defensive... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Durban, South Africa
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“working farm”(15 reviews)
“car park”(18 reviews)
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...more
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By Sandyknowe Farm, Kelso TD5 7PG, Scotland
+44 1573 460365
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 24 October 2015

We drove to Smailholm Tower just to have a look at it, even though we knew it would be closed for the season. The drive was through lovely countryside and due to the uniqueness of the structure, you can see the tower from a distance....More

5  Thank Heather M
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 30 July 2013

The Tower is a local landmark, close by the pretty village of Smailholm. There is not a great deal to do or see at the tower. It is only open sometimes but when it is the view from this point is lovely, although the views...More

3  Thank smudge090
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We knew this was closed as we got there, we just wanted to view the outside & take in the stunning view You drive through a working farm, but the gate to the tower (obvious) was closed with a generic "no admittance" sign. No problems,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This old tower sits alone on a hill, surveying the countryside all around it. It was a defensive tower, though the family would have lived in it. There is a fairly steep grassy path up to the tower itself. Within the tower you can climb...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately it was closed when i visited but was still great to walk round and the view was fabulous . Check opening times online before you go

Thank Harrynedd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I don't know if it was just our lucky day, but we were admitted at no cost to Smailholm Tower. It is easy to spot at a distance, but does require driving along a narrow road, past a private barn in order to access the...More

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Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

This was the first place I took my then girlfriend some 14 years ago and we fell in love with the place. The preservation some 600 years in the making is outstanding and the views are spectacular from the parapet. It is a steep climb,...More

Thank Catzicom
Reviewed 25 September 2018

What a fantastic piece of architecture!I had always wanted to visit Smailholm Tower and now I have! I would recommend to anybody,a visit to this iconic tower.

Thank freddiedoncaster
Reviewed 19 September 2018

You will spot the tower sited on a rocky outcrop from some distance away, luring you towards it. The floors contain recreations of scenes from its history in the form of models in display cases on plinths with commentary and/or folk songs provided through your...More

Thank Paul K
Reviewed 14 September 2018

This well preserved 15th century peel tower houses an amazing exhibition of Borders history. It rewards the visitor with wonderful views of the Borderlands.Rated as a five star tourist attraction from VisitScotland. Audio tour included and very helpful and knowledgeable staff.

Thank ChrisS9042
Reviewed 2 September 2018

This remote historic tower in a stunningly beautiful setting is near where Sir Walter Scott stayed as a sickly child and is said to have influenced his later writings. I have to admit to being a wee bit surprised as to how much they wanted...More

Thank Robin S
Reviewed 13 August 2018

This is a fabulous insight into Borders history, brought to life in the most dramatic of settings. Parking is easy, the views are amazing and the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The Scottish Borders were a lawless place several hundred years ago and Smailholm...More

Thank Pringers12
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Response from Steve H | Reviewed this property |
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Lewis P
Only to comment on the Smailholm Tower. I read a couple German and one Dutch reviews of their visit - one noting that the place is 'not spectacular". I am a direct lineal descendant of the man who first built the place. For us, it is the Pringle Tower and was the principle family home for ~200 years, ending at the end of the 16th century. I wanted only to note that this was a private home, designed not to entertain visitors from the continent but to protect loved ones from a rough and dangerous environment. It served as protector to my blood and now deserves - in decent respect to its service - some greater appreciation of its purpose than these reports faintly suggest. Read a little about The Reivers of the time and you will come to a greater appreciation of why the Pringle/Smailhom Tower doesn't resemble Neueschwannstein or even Schoss Fuschl am Fuschl See. Es tut mir sehr leid dass mein Deusch ist so schwach and ich habe schwierigkeiten Woerten richtig zu buchstabieren.
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Response from Lewis P | Reviewed this property |
Brief response to the two gentlemen (one from North Yorkshire and one from Blaydon)....... Sorry if I have misused this instrument. I had thought my views were solicited. If I have violated 'policy', I am sorry and... More