border abbeys

This weekend was our first official Scottish vacation, we’d four days off work (thanks to an Aberdeen public holiday). So, ready to explore, we drove down to the borders for a camping vacation. Camping is different in Britain than in Canada (but I knew that from before, camping with Elspeth, Chris and Sian), it’s less of a destination, and more of a cheap way of travelling. We spent three nights in fields listening to cattle and sheep – but it was three very affordable nights away from home in fabulous places!

The first two pictures are the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey, one of the ruins we visited with our Historic Scotland Borders Pass. Walking through the arches in the early morning, before any other tourists had arrived, was pretty much magic.

Of course the leaderfoot bridge is pretty cool too, and looks as good in real life as in the tourist brochure.

No trip to the Borders would be complete without some sort of Sir Walter Scott reference – so we opted for a trip to “Scott’s view”. The story goes that he loved this spot so much that his horse stopped here out of habit when pulling Scott’s casket to his grave in Dryburgh Abbey.

I’d say the best tourist attraction is probably Melrose Abbey though. It’s fabulous audio tour really gave us an insight into what all these ruined buildings actually were used for. From a construction point of view, we really enjoyed the display on masonry (not the organization but the skill) at Jedburgh & would recommend it as well.

But we didn’t just take in architecture, it’s just the subject of most of our pictures. We spent time eating in lovely restaurants, drinking in cosy pubs, buying wool sweaters (and dreaming about being able to afford their cashmere versions [1 & 2]), and reading trashy magazines. Vacation doesn’t happen often enough…

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leaderfootbridge.JPG Leaderfoot bridge

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melrose1.JPG Melrose Abbey

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4 Bitter Lemons

  1. Liz says:

    I absolutely LOVE your photos.

  2. Becca says:

    lovely photos and a truly endearing story about Scott’s horse pausing at his favorite spot while pulling the casket to a final resting place …

  3. river selkie says:

    i wanna go on vacation in scotland too!

  4. jeorg says:

    very pretty. i am glad you two had a good weekend together. the abbey is stunning.

  5. Becca says:

    lovely photos and a truly endearing story about Scott’s horse pausing at his favorite spot while pulling the casket to a final resting place …

  6. river selkie says:

    i wanna go on vacation in scotland too!

  7. jeorg says:

    very pretty. i am glad you two had a good weekend together. the abbey is stunning.

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