Tour of Britain

3rd September 2017

Every year, the Tour of Britain attracts some of the world’s top cyclists, including Olympic, World and Commonwealth champions, and following successful stage starts in Peebles in 2009 and 2011, Jedburgh in 2012 and a stage finish at Floors Castle in 2015, this year Kelso Town Centre will provide the backdrop for a spectacular finish for Stage One.


This year the route includes a lap of the Borders which means that Kelso will see the cyclists twice, first as they pass through at lunchtime, and again for the stage finish mid-afternoon.

The Scottish stage will leave Edinburgh and head into East Lothian, before climbing into the Lammermuir Hills and the Scottish Borders.

The riders will pass through Duns before a point-scoring sprint in Coldstream and the first pass through the finish line in The Square in Kelso. The race then heads out to Stichill, Gordon and then Smailholm, before a King of the Mountains climb from Clintmains to the top of Scott’s View.

Another King of the Mountains climb features as the race heads out of Melrose before the riders head back to Kelso for the final sprint to the finish line. A total distance of 190km, this route from Edinburgh is spectacular and challenging and promises riders and spectators thrilling action.

The first pass through Kelso is due to be just after 1pm so why not join us for Brunch first? Take Brunch in The Terrace Café from 10am until 12pm.

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Road Closures on the Day

There will be some considerable disruption to traffic on the Day of the Event, however, Floors Castle is open with business as usual. The Castle, Courtyard Café, Gardens and Terrace Café will be open 10:30 – 17:00. There will be no vehicle access through the main gates, access for pedestrians only. Please use the Terrace and Estates Office access from the B6397.

From the North travel from A68 taking A6089

From the South travel from A68 Jedburgh and follow Floors Castle Diversion signs and head for B6397

For more information on the Tour of Britain from road closures, parking restrictions to spectator leaflet please click here.