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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 cortège 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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  • this is the most stunning view in the borders, looking over the towns below and over to the Eildon Hills. A good few seats to take in the views. and historic signs for you to learn the history behind ...  more »
  • We visited Scott's View while staying at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, just down the road. The views were breathtaking. Well worth a visit. 
  • Well worth a visit...the views are stunning. Ample parking space and take time to reflect! Popular with cyclists but there is a big hill leading to it. 
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  • Truly a beautiful view. I could easily sit here all day, just looking at the view and taking it all in.
  • Great view. Unlikely that Walter Scott saw the same thing given the growth of farms, etc, but still a great view. Worth a visit if you're nearby.
  • Great views up the mid-Tweed valley.
  • Well worth a detour! Accessible for all abilities and ages. Perfect lunch spot.
  • Beautiful view of the Eildon Hills. The information displays answered all of the questions we had. Well worth the stop.