Ormistons at Scott's View, Melrose

Ormistons at Scott’s View, Melrose, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings at Melrose and drove a short distance to our first stop at Scott’s View, a  stunning landscape, reputed to be the favourite viewpoint of novelist, Sir Walter Scott, which overlooks the valley of the River Tweed and Melrose. Here we stopped for group photos.

Scott's View, Borders Region

Scott’s View, Borders Region, Scotland

Next, we visited the nearby ruin of romantic Dryburgh Abbey, which like its neighbours at Melrose and Jedburgh experienced devastations in the 14th century and the 16th century from which the monastery never recovered. The final straw cementing the demise of the establishment was the Reformation in 1560. Here can be found the tomb of Sir Walter Scott in what he called St Mary’s Aisle on Sept 26th 1832.

Sir Walter Scott's Tomb, Dryburgh Abbey

Sir Walter Scott’s Tomb, Dryburgh Abbey, Scotland

Dryburgh Abbey, Borders Region

Dryburgh Abbey, Borders Region, Scotland

Next, we moved on to Selkirk for shopping at Lochcarron and Baxters. The former is renowned for its extensive Scottish tartan range and kilt making.

Lochcarron, Selkirk

Lochcarron, Selkirk, Scotland

After lunch at Baxters we moved towards Kelso, via Roxburgh Golf Course where we called in for some souvenir goods at the pro shop.

Roxburgh Golf Club,Kelso

Roxburgh Golf Club,Kelso, Scotland

Next through Kelso to Floors Castle which is the home of the 10th Duke of Roxburgh and which ranks as the largest inhabited castle in Scotland. This magnificent structure, which dates from the 18th century, overlooks the River Tweed. Inside can be found outstanding collections of European furniture, porcelain and paintings by some of the masters.

Floors Castle, Kelso

Floors Castle, Kelso, Scotland

After departing Floors, we drove round to local sites associated with the Ormistons including Eckford and Ormiston House.

Eckford, Borders Region

Eckford, Borders Region, Scotland

Ormiston House, Borders Region

Ormiston House, Borders Region, Scotland

Finally, we returned to Melrose just in time for dinner at the Town House restaurant which proved a success.

Tomorrow, we visit Hadrian’s Wall.

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