This morning, we departed our lodgings in South Queensferry and drove south for a few miles to Roslin where we called in at Rosslyn Chapel. Here we arrived in time for the 10.00 am talk by a specialist guide who provided extensive information on the history of the famous 15th century chapel and its concentration of high quality stone carvings. The Chapel has achieved fame in recent years due, principally, to it’s featuring in the Da Vinci Code.
Next, we continued south to Abbotsford House, former home of famous romantic Scottish novelist, Sir Walter Scott. The House is not open until July 4th., but we did call in at the new Visitor Centre and explore the gardens. Abbotsford House enjoys a superb location on banks of the River Tweed.
Next, to nearby Melrose and it’s famous (ruined) Abbey, formerly home to an order of Cistercian monks which was first dedicated in 1146. Considerable damage was suffered at hands of English armies in the 14th and 16th centuries. The heart of King Robert the Bruce is buries in the Abbey grounds.
Next to Scott’s View, a superb landscape vista near Melrose.
Next to Dryburgh Abbey. This was founded by a community of Premonstratensian monks in 1152. Like Melrose, Dryburgh Abbey was severely damaged by English armies in the 14th and 16th centuries. Sir Walter Scott is buried at this site.
Next to Jedburgh Abbey, another romantic ruin. This was originally a priory dating from 1138 which housed a community of Augustinian canons from Beauvais in France. The Abbey was substantially complete by the 1290s. The Abbey suffered at hands of English armies over the centuries. From the 17th to 19th centuries part of the Abbey was used as the local parish church.
Finally, we retreated to our overnight lodgings in Jedburgh. Tomorrow, we visit Hadrian’s Wall.