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The Borders Abbey Way is a brilliant way to get around the borders and see some beautiful sights too! Have you walked or cycled it? Is it on your
Scottish bucket-list? It's a 65 mile round trip that travels through various different borders towns and passes by four different abbeys.
Built in 1128, Kelso Abbey is one of the best Roman
structures in Scotland. Although the
Abbey is now in a battered state, due to coming under fire from cannonballs in
an attack in the 1540’s by Henry VIII’s army, it still stands as one of the
most iconic Abbeys in Scotland.
Jedburgh Abbey was founded in 1138 By David I and has, quite
incredibly, stayed complete despite being targeted by many English armies due
to its location. It is also accessible
in some parts to wheelchair users.
The apparent burial site for Robert the Bruce’s heart,
Melrose Abbey was built in 1136 by David I again. It was largely destroyed by English armies in
the 15th century but the gargoyles and unusual structures can still
be seen to this day.
One of the tougher abbeys in Scotland after surviving not
one or two but three fires in its time!
It was established in 1150. Sir
Walter Scott and David Erskine, the 11th Earl of Buchan are both
buried at this historical abbey. This is
another abbey that is accessible for wheelchair users.