The iconic view of The Borders. Scott’s View near Beamersyde. This was a favourite view of the author Walter Scott. Easy seen why in this early autumn view.
The hills are The Eildons, the River is the Tweed and the field in the middle foreground is Old Melrose, the site of the original abbey before it was moved some 3 miles west (the original site being too constrained).
There was an iron age settlement on top of the nearest Eildon. The Romans arrived and the locals worked with them rather than fight. A signal station was built on top and they called it Tri Montium. This was an extremely important area for the northern sector of the Roman Empire.
Legend has it that The Eildons were formed when the wizard Michael Scot broke them into 3 from a single hill. The hills are also said to be the resting place for King Arthur who was laid to rest there after the battle of the vale of woes. He will rise again when the nation needs him again….so the legend says. Quite which nation I am not sure. On the northern slopes is the spot where Thomas the Rhymer fell asleep and was led by the fairy queen into her realm for 20 years. Rip van Winkle came after True Tamas.
So, altogether a magical place. See also Eildons, south
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