– Sir Walter Scott
The area of the Borders around Jedburgh and Melrose is called ‘Scott Country’, so strong are its associations with this great Scottish novelist and poet.
The Eildon Hills were much loved by Sir Walter Scott.
The writer’s home, Abbotsford, purchased by him in 1812.
Melrose Abbey, one of the great Border Abbeys founded in a period of great religious fervour in the 12th century. The heart of King Robert Bruce is supposed to be buried here.
Dryburgh Abbey, where Sir Walter Scott is buried. All the border Abbeys were attacked many times by the English, and only ruins now remain.
The Borders, so near the enemy England, were very vulnerable to attack, and to provide protection strong castles were built, such as Neidpath, near Peebles, which dates back to the 13th century, and has walls eleven feet thick.
Neidpath Viaduct and Hay Lodge Park
The views around Hay Lodge Park can be special at any time of the year. If you continue past the castle, away from the town, on either side of the river Tweed, you will come to the Neidpath Viaduct, a dismantled railway viaduct.
By contrast, Floors Castle at Kelso, seat of the Duke of Roxburghe, is superbly elegant. Built after the Union, in an age of increasing peacefulness, the need for defence had gone.
Floors lies in splendid parkland, with fine views of nearby Kelso, and the distant Cheviots.