This view of the Eildon Hills from Bemersyde was one of Sir Walter Scott’s favourite views, and so it was named after him. It is said that his horse, pulling the hearse taking him to his burial at Dryburgh Abbey stopped at this spot, as it usually did on its daily outings with Sir Walter. It is a beautiful spot from which to view the Eildon Hills. It is even better if you climb the hill behind. I have been here at sunrise and sunset, in sunshine and snow, at times when the swirling mists make the legends about the Queen of Elfland spiriting away Thomas the Rhymer and King Arthur and his Knights resting beneath the Eildons, seem real.
The Eildon Hills, are the remains of volcanic activity from some 350 million years ago. Historians believe they were first occupied around 7,000 years ago by Iron Age peoples, most likely the Celtic tribe of the Selgovae. There is some evidence that prehistoric peoples regarded the Eildon Hills as a holy place and scholars believe they may have been a place of ceremonial gatherings. Around 80AD as the Romans pushed north, they built an important fortified garrison, and named it Trimontium after the three peaks of the Eildons.
The view to the south west takes in the rolling farmland beyond Newtown St Boswells and to the north west along the Tweed Valley to Melrose and Black Hill at Earlston. In the foreground, where the River Tweed meanders past a flat area of land within a loop in the river, is the site of the first Melrose Abbey. Known now as Old Melrose, nothing remains of the first Melrose Abbey, but if you head for Old Melrose Furniture Studio & Tea Room, you can park and walk (about a mile) down to the renovated summerhouse, which houses the Old Melrose interpretation centre and has magnificent views of the river.
How to get to Scott’s View
Map OS ref: NT 594343
From the B6404, St Boswells to Kelso road, turn off along the B6356 road, signposted Dryburgh Abbey. About one mile along this road there is a junction signposted for Scott’s View to the right. Follow this road for about 2 miles. Car parking is available at the site.
How to get to Old Melrose
The entry is 500meters off the A68 just south of the Ravenswood roundabout between Melrose and St Boswells. It’s a single track road with passing places down to Old Melrose Furniture Studio and Tea Room. There’s a car park behind. Follow the signs for the walk to Old Melrose.
P.S. if you take a great picture from Scott’s View, please send it to us and we will post it here with your name.