The triple peaks of the Eildon
Hills are the most distinctive single landmark in
the Borders. At their feet in the valley of the
River Tweed lies Melrose.|
The ruined Abbey which dates from 1136 is believed, following a series of archaeological digs, to be the final resting place of Robert the Bruce's heart. The abbey is also the starting point for St Cuthbert's Way, a 100km cross border walking route. Adjacent Priorwood Garden specialises in plants suitable for dried flower arranging with an apple orchard walk and picnic area. The Trimontium Exhibition gives an insight into the Romans in Scotland. Three miles west on the banks of the Tweed is Sir Walter Scott's romantic mansion of Abbotsford.
A way-marked route leads to the summit of the Eildon Hills and for the more experienced walker, the Southern Upland Way passes through the town on its 212 mile coast to coast journey. On the opposite bank of the Tweed, Gattonside can be reached by foot by a sturdy suspension bridge. To the south lies Lilliesleat another charming little village set amidst farmland.
Four miles south is St Boswells, a village with a
spacious tree-lined green. Nearby, Mertoun offers
20 acres of scenic gardens. Dryburgh Abbey lies in
a secluded, peaceful setting by the River Tweed
and a woodland walk leads to the massive 22 foot
high sandstone statue of William Wallace.
Above Dryburgh, Scott's View, the Borders most famous viewpoint, affords a dramatic panorama across to the Eildon Hills and central Borders.