Why I Love the Scottish Borders: A Photo Tour

Earlier this week we spent the day in the Scottish Borders one of the best places to visit in Europe if you enjoy history and beautiful countryside. I thought that the best way to illustrate why I love the Scottish Borders was in a photo tour.

Me with Eildon Hill in the background

Our first stop was at the Leaderfoot viewpoint, just off the A68 (the Edinburgh to Jedbrugh trunk road), where 3 bridges span the River Tweed. The oldest is Drygrange Bridge constructed in 1780, closed to vehicles after the construction of the modern road bridge in the early 1970s.  The Leaderfoot Railway Viaduct opened in 1860s but has been redundant since the branch line closed in the late 1940s.  Unfortunately you can’t walk across the viaduct.

Leaderfoot Viaduct

Just up the from the bridge are the not very obvious remains of  Trimontium a Roman fort.

Me on the viewing platform for Tritontium

Next stop was Melrose, also on the Rvier Tweed. It’s said that Melrose Abbey is the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s  heart.

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Melrose Abbey

There’s a circular walk along the banks of the River Tweed in Melrose.

River Tweed at Melrose

The town of Kelso where the 1803 bridge spans the Tweed, was on our way back.

River Tweed at Kelso

Kelso Abbey dates from the 12th century.

Kelso Abbey

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my photo tour of a day trip to the Scottish Borders and will visit soon to see it for yourself. You can see all my photos from our day out here.