Floors Castle

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On Saturday we took our new wheels on a drive down to the Scottish Borders and ended up at Floors Castle in the town of Kelso. It’s a little over an hour outside of Edinburgh, which was far enough away to get out of the city, but close enough to get back for a night out with our friends.

This grand house – the largest inhabited castle in Scotland – is home to the Duke of Roxburghe and his family, who open up the house a few months of the year to let people have a nosy around. I love grand all houses, so spending a Saturday wandering around the quarters was right up my street.

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The walls in Floors Castle are heavily decorated with the most magnificent art collection. The guides are also very knowledgeable and will take their time to tell you what each room was used for historically, and how the family now adapts it to their needs.

Other than the room full of stuffed birds (I’m not a huge fan of birds at the best of times), we loved the castle and learned a lot. When you stand outside and appreciate the scale of it, it’s fairly incredible to think that people still live there. It seems very other-wordly.

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Floors Castle is renowned for its beautiful gardens, but just as we were about to enjoy them, the rain came on – thanks Scotland! We had just enough time for this cliche tourist shot before we jumped in the car and headed back to the city.

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When we got back to Edinburgh, we went to our local pub, the Cross and Corner, for a little Prosecco with friends. All in all it was a pretty fabulous Saturday.

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What did you do this weekend? Are you a fan of visiting castles or are there other things you like to do when you get out of the city?


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  • Monique | WritingMonique

    Wow! This place looks so gorgeous!


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Monique. It was a pretty special place x

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    I’d no idea about Floors Castle. The first castle I think of when I think of Scotland is Edinburgh’s, but it’s Scotland! Of course it’s full of (several) magnificent castles! This place looks lovely. Great photos! I also dig how you always make time in your weekend for Prosecco :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      My weekend is not a weekend without Prosecco, Gianni ;-)

  • http://littleturkishgirl.blogspot.com Ashley J

    BEAUTIFUL!!! And ending the day with prosecco???? That’s a good day in my book!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It was a GREAT day Ashley. Any day that has Prosecco in it is a good one ;-)

  • http://harrietemily.com Harriet Emily

    Wow, what a beautiful Castle! I’ve never heard of Floors Castle before. I love Scotland so I’m definitely going to have to take a trip there on my next visit!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It’s definitely worth a trip the next time you’re in Scotland, it’s really pretty x

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    Prosecco! I hear tell they are going to make prosecco flavoured crisps in the UK! This is a lovely place, can totally see why the stuffed birds weren’t the greatest attraction though :p

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Prosecco flavoured crisps!!! Holly, I had no idea, thanks for pointing this out – I’ll make sure I am front of the queue! x

  • http://www.vmgirl.me/ Sarah-Jane

    This is beautiful! And so lovely that they still live there- I hate that all the lovely old houses are just kept empty!
    Sarah-Jane xo // http://www.vmgirl.me

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I know Sarah-Jane, it’s nice to see someone still living here and taking care of it, rather than letting it turn to ruin x