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Smailholm Tower

By Sandyknowe Farm, Kelso TD5 7PG, Scotland
+44 1573 460365
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A long awaited revisit

I had visited here many years ago and had always wanted to come back. Home to the Pringle family... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tony L
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Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
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Stark tower.

A bit of a dreich day but the Tower is imposing on it’s prominence. As pointed out elsewhere a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kandersteg
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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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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
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"sir walter scott"
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"dryburgh abbey"
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"parking area"
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"spiral staircase"
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"views are great"
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"off road"
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"eildon hills"
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"wonderful atmosphere"
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"area's history"
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"walk up"
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"interesting visit"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I had visited here many years ago and had always wanted to come back. Home to the Pringle family for many years it stands proud on its rocky outcrop, the rooftop balconies giving great views of the surrounding area on a clear day. This isolated...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A bit of a dreich day but the Tower is imposing on it’s prominence. As pointed out elsewhere a bumpy road up and my old knees rebelled at going up to the castle itself.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Please don’t be put off by the bumpy road or climbing the hill to get to the tower. The walk from the car park is a grassy track and my 79 year old sister who has had a knee replacement managed it quite easily. You...More

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

Tower castles were the standard form of defensive structure for at least a couple of centuries up to 1603, but very few of them survive intact, and many of those that do have been altered and renovated through the years so they are hard to...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

This is a typical small border castle which has been restored. It gives a good idea of what it would have been like five hundred years ago. On fine days it has splendid views from the top and it has associations with Sir Walter Scott...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

Nice place part of the Historic Scotland bulidings beware no path to tower rough grass track but worth the visit helpfull staff and great views from the top

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

Visited the tower on a rainy day in October. Access road is poor for last half mile , and in one place needs some urgent repairs, due to a deep rut.Climb up to tower from car park is quite steep on grass track. The tower...More

Thank Solway73
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Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Towers is worth going off the track for but a bit pricey at 5 pound as there's not much to see. Great views from the tower. Mixed views from our group.

Thank kevingF7928AF
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

We spent three days in the borders and this was absolutely the highlight of our visit. It is brilliantly conceived and executed. it is restored enough to keep it wind, watertight and safe for visitors but you are able to understand exactly what it was...More

Thank John L
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

The tower is well signposted although be aware that the road is narrow and potholed. There is a car park at the tower with an information board and two marked walkways. The tower has commanding views - as you'd expect - and is well preserved....More

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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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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
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