If you appreciate a fine view then Scotland provides wonderful vista after vista. Indeed, some of the views of Scottish scenery rank among the best in the world. One of the top contenders lies in the Scottish Borders where Scott’s View offers a sweeping outlook over stunning countryside.
The Scottish Borders stand in the south of Scotland and are made up of a bucolic landscape of rolling hills and valleys, dotted with the occasional conical mount revealing the area’s volcanic origins. Scott’s View has one of the best vantage points in the area, taking in the River Tweed valley below.
The story behind Scott’s View
Scott’s View is named after its biggest admirer, Sir Walter Scott who was the first person to put Scottish scenery, tradition and legend on the traveller’s map. He began his love affair with the Scottish borders when he spent time there as a child convalescing from polio at his grandparents’ house. As an adult and successful poet and novelist, he established his own home at Abbotsford.
It’s said that Scott visited the nearby view so often that his horses needed no command to stop at the top of the promontory so that he could take in the vista. And that his funeral cortege stopped here with no prompting either on its way to his burial as if to give him a final glimpse of the view.
Nearly 200 hundred years later, Scott’s View is unchanged and as stunning as it was in its namesake’s day. The meanders of the River Tweed lie below you and the iconic triple peaks of the Eildon Hills sit on the horizon. On clear days you can see for miles across Scotland.
What to see near Scott’s View
Once you’ve had your fill of the view, the nearby area has plenty of attractions. Scott fans will want to visit Abbotsford House itself. Built in 1817 with many later additions, the historic home includes several rooms just as they were in Scott’s lifetime.
Don’t miss his study where he wrote many of his later novels, the library with his personal collection and the drawing room whose walls are covered in hand-painted wallpaper from China. The estate runs to 1,400 acres and includes formal gardens where the annual highlight is the Tulip Festival when the 8,000 bulbs bloom in colourful glory.
Still on the Scott’s trail, you can see his tomb at nearby Dryburgh Abbey in a secluded spot on the banks of the River Tweed. Although the 12th century abbey is ruined, many parts of it including the chapel housing Scott’s tomb, the chapter house and cloisters are well-preserved.
Also nearby is the town of Melrose whose highlights include a ruined abbey where a casket supposedly holding Robert the Bruce’s heart was buried and two gardens – Priorwood with a fine apple orchard and Scotland’s only dried flower garden; and the walled Harmony Gardens also with lovely views. Melrose is the historic home to rugby sevens and the annual Melrose Sevens tournament in spring attracts teams from all over the world.
How to get to Scott’s View
This popular viewpoint can be found just off the A68, south of Edinburgh and three miles east of Melrose.
Where to stay near Scott’s View
Continue the historic abbey theme by staying in a converted Victorian church. Built in 1878 and conserving many of the original details such as stained-glass windows and vaulted ceilings, this great stay for a group has an ultra-modern interior where space comes with a capital S. Think sleek furniture, opaque glass floors, music surround system, stainless steel appliances… And of course, commanding views of the Scottish Borders from those lovely church windows. Book your historic stay with a view now.
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