Jedburgh Abbey

Today, we benefited from dry and sunny weather.

First, we drive to nearby Scott’s View which is reputed to be one of the favourite landscapes of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), a romantic novelist and poet who resided nearby. Location is near Melrose and landscape includes the Eldon Hills.

Scott’s View, Melrose

Next, a short drive to Dryburgh Abbey, a romantic but ruined abbey dating from period 1150-1560. This suffered damage at hands of English armies in 14th and 16th centuries.

Dryburgh Abbey, Scottish Borders

Sir Walter Scott and WW1 commander, Field Marshall Haig are buried in the grounds.

Next, to Abbotsford House near Melrose. This is the home which Sir Walter Scott and his descendants progressively enlarged from a basic farmhouse to mansion status.

Sir Walter achieved global fame through his series of 26 romantic, historical novels collectively known as the Waverley Novels.

Abbotsford House

Abbotsford House and Garden

Next to Jedburgh and Jedburgh Abbey.This was founded for an Augustinian order by King David I of Scotland. The Abbey building features some of the finest Romanesque and Gothic architecture in Scotland. The building sufferd heavy damage from English troops in the 15th and 16th centuries with an end to Catholic religious life in 1560 after which part of the Abbey was adapted for use as the local parish church.

Jedburgh Abbey

Finally, we returned to Kelso via Hawick (“Hoick”). On arrival guests spent the warm evening on banks of the River Tweed and fishing.