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 Castles of Scotland - Floors Castle






Location
Kelso, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Description
Floors Castle in Kelso, Scotland is the seat of the Duke of Roxburghe. It is a country house, rather than a fortress. It has a main block and two symmetrical service wings. The design incorporated an earlier tower house. The castle is now open to the public. Floors Castle hosts a number of events throughout the year including massed pipe band days and Highland games.

Disabled visitors are made more than welcome here at Floors Castle. They offer a guide to meet and assist; a lift to assist entry to the Castle; disabled toilets; Disabled parking; Ramps to assist entry into the Restaurant; and Gift Shop at ground level.

History
Floors Castle was originally built by William Adam for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe, in 1721. In the 19th century the castle was embellished with turrets and battlements.

The Arts
Floors Castle featured in the 1984 movie Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.

The castle's reputation as a haunted house was the inspiration for M. R. James 1904 Ghost Stories of an Antiquary.

Legends
The most well known Floors Castle ghost story is the sighting supposedly made by the 4th Duke of Roxburghe as a boy in 1740. This ghost is believed to be of his grandmother Margaret Hay, the 1st Duchess, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Her ghost can be heard sobbing in the Long Gallery.


Other Castles in the Area
  Etal Castle, Northumberland
  Norham Castle, Northumberland
  Cessford Castle, Scottish Borders
  Duns Castle, Scottish Borders
  Fulton Tower, Scottish Borders
  Hume Castle, Scottish Borders
  Hutton Castle, Scottish Borders
  Roxburgh Castle, Scottish Borders
  Smailholm Tower, Scottish Borders
  Thirlestane Castle, Scottish Borders
  Wedderburn Castle, Scottish Borders







Wedderburn Castle
Floors Castle

Photograph by Richard Slessor. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Wedderburn Castle
Floors Castle

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