Wandering around Kelso, in the Scottish Borders, we were drawn to and intrigued by the bow of a ship and a dolphin, cleverly sculptured from scrap metal, next to the ship. On reading the plaque beside the ship, we discovered this was an Art Gallery. We tried the door in the bow of the ship but it was locked, not giving up, we walked through the small lane next to the ship to find the entrance to the gallery. It is a labyrinth of several floors exhibiting a generous, wide variety of contemporary (recognisable, not abstract) artwork, a few sculptures and some locally produced crafts. We were warmly welcomed by both owners who were extremely generous with their time chatting to us, explaining some of the exhibits, sharing their passion for art, their knowledge of the artists and their work, telling us of their current ventures and future plans to help and encourage art in the community (the door in the ship being the entrance for the schoolchildren’ visits), how they started out on their exciting adventure making their dream come true. This is not your usual stuffy pretentious art gallery, it is full of colourful characters in the owners as well as a wide and mixed variety of colour and styles of paintings exhibited. The downstairs area of the gallery is wonderful for children with paintings to capture their imagination (I loved the snowmen). All the paintings in the Gallery are hand picked and owned by the owners because they like and are passionate about each and every painting, their passion is infectious and you feel as if you have been invited into their home to look at and share their paintings. Prices are varied from the affordable to the potential investment, but never at anytime did we feel pressurised to buy. It’s a place for everyone. We had a wonderfully relaxing, enlightening time and yes took a great painting home. We travel far and wide often visiting London Galleries we would highly recommend anyone visiting Kelso to drop in to this amazing gallery gem.