The village of Kirk Yetholm is located in the Scottish Borders, less than a mile from the English border. It lies on the banks of the Bowmont River, near the Cheviot Hills. The neigbouring community of Town Yetholm is on the opposite side of the water. Highly unusually for the region, many of the homes in the village are thatched cottages. Kirk Yetholm has a tumultuous history, due to its position in no-man’s land during battles between England and Scotland. The village was the home of the Scottish Gypsies from the 16th century, and the former Gypsy Palace still stands near the village green.
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Take a wander into the village centre from your holiday cottage in Yetholm and you will discover a peaceful rural community. There is a post office, a small shop, a couple of pubs and a butcher selling excellent meat from local farms.
One of the best ways to explore the area is to take a long walk through the wild hills and woods surrounding the village, where several hill forts, hut platforms and other ancient remains have been discovered. Self-catering holidays in Kirk Yetholm are popular among walkers, as the village marks the end of the Pennine Way, a 268-mile route to Edale in Derbyshire. Walking at least a small stretch of the path is highly recommended, with spectacular scenery, solitude and captivating landscapes of hills, heathland, moors, woods and valleys.
Kirk Yetholm is also a stop on the St Cuthbert’s Way, another long-distance footpath, from Melrose to Lindisfarne. The neigbouring market town of Kelso is well worth exploring for visitors staying in holiday cottages in Kirk Yetholm. Located on the banks of the River Tweed, its historic centre has fine architecture and a variety of places to eat and drink. The ruined 12th century abbey and magnificent Floors Castle are both nearby