Coldstream, a beautiful inland town not far from Galashiels and Jedburgh and around 14 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed, is one of the true Scottish Border towns, being very close indeed to the Scotland/England border. Like Berwick, Coldstream is nestled by the banks of the Tweed – Coldstream on the North bank, and Northumberland on the South bank.
What’s Coldstream Like?
Coldstream is the headquarters of a 1650-formed British Army regiment – the Coldstream Guards – but is also a very attractive town built around the historic bridge between England and Scotland. Coldstream is dominated by the river Tweed and is a fascinating place to visit. Its road sign reads “Welcome to Coldstream. Home of the Regiment. The First True Border Toon”.
What to do in Coldstream
Coldstream’s border position means that, historically, this area has much to offer visitors. Evidence of past battles and military skirmishes still abounds. Close to Coldstream lies Flodden Fields – in September 2013 the area commemorated the 500th anniversary of The Battle of Flodden which took place between England and Scotland and was the largest battle ever between the two nations. The Battle of Flodden saw the death of James IV – and an English victory.
The Hirsel country park is worth a visit, with its cafe, play area and arts and crafts centre which allows visitors to watch local craftspeople in action. The café is delightful and there are some great, accessible local walks round woodland, the River Leet and the Hirsel Lake.
For those who prefer golf to walking, there’s also a golf club at Hirsel, which has recently been described as one of the ‘hidden gem’ golf clubs. Also of interest is the bridge over the River Tweed which is a listed bridge and carries the A697 to link England and Scotland. The Toll House, just off the bridge in Coldstream used to be famous for runaway marriages!
Coldstream’s Civic Week, usually held in August, celebrates the town’s history with torch procession and visits to the Flodden battlefield. Nearby are also the Heatherslaw Light Railway and Corn Mill, and many other tourist delights in Kelso and Berwick-upon-Tweed.
How to get to Coldstream
Coldstream is very accessible from many locations in the British Isles, being quite centrally positioned. On the A1 travelling North, take the A698 West at Berwick-upon-Tweed. Or if travelling from the centre of the UK on the A68, take the East bound A698 through Kelso to Coldstream.
Where to say in Coldstream
Suitably positioned for a fantastic holiday in the Scottish Borders, we are delighted to offer visitors to the Scottish Borders some delightful accommodation in Coldstream and its surrounding areas. Mainly self-catering cottages set in this stunning yet accessible countryside, many of our properties are pet-friendly or offer nearby features such as fishing facilities. Why not take a look at the fantastic range available and book your next trip today!