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Scott's View, St. Boswells

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Scott's View refers to a viewpoint in the Scottish Borders, overlooking the valley of the River Tweed, which is reputed to be one of the favourite views of Sir Walter Scott.The viewpoint can be located directly from a minor road leading south from Earlston just off the A68 and by travelling north from the village of St. Boswells up the slope of Bemersyde Hill. The view is around 3 miles east of Melrose. The view is to the west, and is dominated by the three peaks of the Eildon Hills. To the south west the view is extensive and open, taking in rolling farmland beyond the village of Newtown St Boswells. Immediately below the viewer is a meander of the Tweed itself. Often a fly fisherman can be seen fishing the river. To the north west the viewer looks along the Tweed valley to Melrose. Towards the north-west the viewer can see the Black Hill, a Marilyn near Earlston.Immediately below the view point, on the cliffs above the River Tweed, is one of the few remaining fragments of semi-natural woodland in the area. The oak trees that remain are the descendants of trees used to supply wood for the manufacture of coffins in the area.According to a popular story, Sir Walter Scott stopped at this point so often on the way to his home at Abbotsford, that his horses would halt without command. After his death in 1832, his funeral cort├Ęge passed this way en route to his burial at Dryburgh Abbey, and his horses stopped at his favourite view to allow their master a last look at the Borders landscape. In fact, although the funeral procession did pass this way, the halt was due to 'some accident'.
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  • Peaceful and quiet, with an amazing view its so tranquil and a great view of the Eildons worth a quick stop off. 
  • On a trip to Galashiels last week we stopped at Scotts viewing point. It was really beautiful and though it was misty it was still worth a visit. On a practical point, there were plenty of parking spa...  read more »
  • Different weather every day contributed to atmospheric scenery. Compelled to stop and look several times. 
  • Beautiful view of the Eildon Hills. The information displays answered all of the questions we had. Well worth the stop.
  • This is my favourite vista in all Scotland,it changes by the season.However the majestic Eildons(Trimontium)do not.The panoramic view is awe inspiring. On most visits we have been able to watch Red Kites soaring up the air thermals . Truly a very special place.
  • This was apparently Sir Walter Scott's favorite view in Scotland, and for good reason. I have mixed views on Sir Walter Scott based on his over-romanticization of the past, but his sense of beauty is superb. Fortunately, nearly two centuries later, the view over this beautiful landscape remains unspoiled, even if some newer structures have been built. If you do a tour of the nearby Border Abbeys (e.g., Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso), I definitely recommend driving between them via the rural roads. If you do, you'll find elements of this view around every corner. What makes this location remarkable is that it combines all of them into a single vantage point. That said, the scenery throughout this region is outstanding and part of what makes a visit to the Border Abbeys so memorable.
  • Gorgeous views!
  • Awe-inspiring scenery!
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