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Dryburgh sits to the north of Saint Boswells in the Scottish Borders. Although only about half a mile from the larger settlement, due to their positions on opposite sides of the River Tweed the distance by road is about 3 miles.

To the south of Dryburgh is the abbey, which was founded c.1152 for the monks of Alnwick in Northumbria. The ruins date mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries. The abbey is the burial place of Sir Walter Scott and Earl Haig.

Returning from the abbey, past Dryburgh again, a minor road branches to the northwest. This then heads north, climbing to Scott’s View on the west of Bemersyde Hill. On route there is a small parking area on the left that allows visitors to see a statue of William Wallace.

This viewpoint, above the loop of the River Tweed where Old Melrose was located, was a favourite of Sir Walter Scott. On the way to Scott’s funeral the hearse was brought past this point and it is said that the horse stopped automatically as it was used to doing so when the author was alive. Looking roughly west the three peaks of the Eildon Hills, which are located south of Melrose, dominate the view.

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