This charming racecourse in the heart of the Scottish Borders near the town of Kelso is building its reputation as 'Britain's Friendliest Course', after winning the title of 'Best Small Course in Scotland and Northern England' in 2007. Surrounded by rolling hills and featuring a golf course in the centre of the track, Kelso racecourse won't remain a secret insider tip for very long.
Map To Kelso Racecourse
Address: Kelso Racecourse, Kelso, Roxburghshire, The Scottish Borders TD5 7
Phone: 01573 224 767
History of Kelso Racecourse
The Kelso area has been infatuated with the sport of horse racing since the 1700s; it has however been fickle when it came to picking the location of the race course. Running most races at Caverton Edge in 1734, following a few racing seasons held at Blakelaw; it wasn't until the 12th July 1822 that the Kelso racing community made a commitment to the current racecourse at Berrymoss.
Until 1888 the dominant form of racing was the Flat races. However, when the United Border Hunt was moved to Kelso's Berrymoss track that year the transformation of the racecourse into a National Hunt-only facility was almost instant.
The tracks impressive and serious Steeple Chase fences and the uphill run-in included in its unique layout make it a favourite track for horses aiming for the National Hunt Festival at Aintree.
Notable Races of Kelso Racecourse
- Cheltenham Trials Day - this February event is the perfect race meeting to get into the mood for the heavy action at Cheltenham; but don't be fooled, the Trials Day will deliver more than its fair share of thrills.
- Premier Hurdle Day - a classical weekend afternoon race meeting.
- Ladies Day - it may be the 'friendliest' racecourse in the country but that does not mean that Kelso lacks a passion for fashion. This Sunday afternoon in April is sure to bring the style-gurus and fashionistas out of the woodwork.
How to Get to Kelso Racecourse
Bad News: The closest train station is Berwick-Upon-Tweed, 22 miles from the racecourse, and there is no connecting bus.
The course is about one mile north of Kelso, on the B6461 Ednam Road. You can reach Kelso via the A698, A68 and A7 from Edinburgh and the A699 from the West.
Kelso Racecourse Facilities
Rosie's Bistro: The welcoming, homely bistro right next to the paddock offers a carvery, affordable meals and snacks.
Pavilion Marquee: With the capacity to host up to 200 people, the marquee sets a dreamy scene for your day at the races. All-inclusive packages are available from £50 per person.
Hamilton Room: This space within the members' enclosure offers privacy and all-inclusive packages from £55 per person.
Tweedie Restaurant: Located upstairs in the Tweedie Stand this dining venue has great views across the track. It also offers all-inclusive packages from £75 per person.
Private Boxes: Kelso can provide private boxes for up to 40 people to make your race day a special occasion. All suites and boxes include a private bar and CCTV. There are a variety of rooms and packages on offer.