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Article published 16/01/2023

Striving to be Scotland’s Wellbeing Capital

Visit Kelso announced today (Monday 16 January) the creation of a new initiative to help locals and visitors to Kelso feel their best. The initiative aims to inspire its inhabitants and visitors to take a bit of time out of their busy day to take care of themselves, with local businesses and organisations implementing small steps in support of the campaign.

Wellbeing warriors logo

Wellbeing Warriors logo - Visit Kelso

The idea behind the six natural doctors is to show people how easily small steps can be implemented every day to look after your physical and mental wellbeing.

Whether it's staying hydrated while cycling on some of the local routes, drinking a calming herbal tea while taking a short break from work, or doing a short breathing exercise to ground yourself and practice mindfulness, Kelso’s Wellbeing Warriors are ensuring everyone in their town is taken care of. 


Yoga instructor in Kelso square

Yoga instructor in Kelso square

People don’t always initially think of crafts when thinking about wellbeing but having the ability to give your mind a break from screens, busy schedules, and stresses, is so important.

Taking a bit of time out of our days to make sure we focus on us is hugely beneficial, and crafting is the perfect activity for this! Your brain can shut off while you have some important me-time.

Lesley Rosher, owner of The Crafty Creative, Kelso

Wellbeing is at the forefront of everyone’s minds right now; we felt it was important to come together as a town to show both locals and visitors that there are quick and easy ways to take better care of yourself.

Tina Newton, Visit Kelso volunteer

Kelso's Wellbeing Warriors

  • Beirhope Alpacas will offer hot chocolate to enjoy in the fresh air while visiting their farm.
  • Hastings and Co appreciate how easy it is for visitors of the town to fall in love and want to uproot and join the Kelso community so they will be easing this transition with their relocation and lifestyle service.
  • Kelso Wholefoods will offer samples of their porridge oats and inspire visitors with healthy recipe cards.
  • Cakemuir Holiday Cottages are providing water bottles to their guests who cycle to keep them hydrated on their travels.
  • Swan’s Shoes are creating a dedicated Wellbeing Warrior stand in their shop, inspiring visitors to take to the hills in their new walking shoes.
  • Crafty Creative are offering a gift with the purchase of any of their dedicated Wellbeing Warrior products.
  • Laura Louvain’s Beauty Salon will be offering a selection of green and herbal teas with their treatments.
  • Green Pasture Lodges are providing a welcome pack to all their guests, including a map of local walking trails such as Bowmont Forest. Guests can also wind down with a cup of lavender or chamomile tea.
  • Brown’s Newsagents will be putting their wellbeing magazines front and centre.
  • Inglestone House B&B will have a range of novels for visitors to enjoy if they want to take some time away from their phone screens.
  • Kelso Medical Practice is continuing its weekly wellbeing social media posts that provide the community with a wealth of helpful tips to keep healthy.
  • Eden Holiday Hideaways are committed to guests receiving fresh flowers and massages while staying with them.
  • Kelso Sports Massage Clinic are going to be introducing mini breathing workshops with their treatments.
  • The Cross Keys Hotel are offering their guests a variety of ways for guests to add self-care to their stay, whether it’s during a meal, with seasonal vegetable sides and chamomile tea, or when looking to go for a cycle or walk nearby.
  • The SCHLOSS Roxburghe Hotel is supporting the campaign as part of the launch of their newly opened spa. The new facility is an oasis of calm that includes an outdoor heated infinity pool, and relaxation area located on the ground floor of the Estate House, overlooking the stunning landscaped gardens.

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