Smailholm Tower is a Peel Tower located near the village of Smailholm, about 9 miles from Melrose and 5 miles from Kelso. It stands on Lady Hill, near Sandyknowe Farm with a view over the surrounding countryside and was originally built as a watch tower, of which there are many along the English and Scottish Borders.The tower is most famously known for its association with Sir Walter Scott. Much of his childhood was spent in his paternal grandfathers home, Sandyknowe Farm and the tower and surrounding area provided the inspiration for many of his works.
Prior to belonging to the Scott family the tower was home to the Pringles and has a torrid history. It is open to the public and provides a fascinating insight into the lives of borders families between the 15th and early 18th centuries.