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Melrose Abbey, Scottish Borders

Melrose Abbey, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Today, I collected by small group from the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh and proceeded as follows:

  • Firstly to Melrose Abbey, a stunning sandy pink coloured ruin built for Cistercian monks in the 12th century on direction of Kind David I of Scotland.. The building suffered heavy damage at hands of  English troops in 1322 and 1385 with final straw being 1545 under the ‘rough wooing’ policy of Henry VIII. The embalmed heart of King Robert the Bruce was found here in 1920. Read more on Tour Scottish Borders, Tour Scotland…

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Statue at Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Statue at Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Portrack

This evening, I am focusing on an unusual, if not somewhat surreal, garden at Portrack in the Scottish Borders. This Garden of Cosmic Speculation was begun in the late 1970s to the designs of Maggie Keswick and Charles Jencks. The design takes inspiration from such disparate sources as historic British earthworks and Chinese gardens. There are lakes interwoven with the mounds and the water mirroring land and sky. Dotted around can be found statues, artworks and architecture.

This garden is not open to the public on a regular basis. If the opportunity arises I recommend  visitors take the time to quietly explore this unique site and absorb the interaction of artwork and landscape.  

Apologies for the mixed quality of images provided. My photography skills have moved on since these images were taken. However, the selection should provide the reader with a basic appreciation of the site. I will have to return to the garden and refresh my portfolio of images!  Read more on Garden of Cosmic Speculation…



Kelso Abbey, Scottish Borders

Kelso Abbey, Scottish Borders, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Kelso, a fascinating little gem of a town in the Scottish Borders which sits on the banks of the River Tweed. A visit here impressed me on three counts, viz:

  1. The enornomous (by Scottish standards) town square surrounded by many-storied houses.  This video clip  illustrates the square and surrounds.
  2. The ruined Abbey (above) which dates from the 12th century and was severely damaged by the Earl of Hertford’s forces in 1545 in context of the regular conflicts of the time between Scotland and England.
  3. The nearby Floors Castle (below) which was built  for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721. Inside can be found an outstanding collection of paintings, tapestries and furniture. Outside there are well maintained grounds, gardens and woodlands to enjoy.

Strongly recommend inclusion of Kelso in context of a tour of the Scottish Borders. The sporting visitor can indulge in golf, fishing and other activities.  Read more on Visit Kelso, Visit Scotland…