The Four Abbeys

Melrose Abbey-8The Scottish Borders is home to four of the most spectacular abbeys in Scotland. Kelso, Melrose, Dryburgh and Jedburgh were established by David I of Scotland in mediaeval times, and came under frequent attack in the 16th century border struggles between England and Scotland.

Nowadays, they are magnificent ruins whose vast scale still suggests their former glory and the thriving monastic communities who lived there. Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose all have interpretation and displays for visitors, and all four are in beautiful settings with places to eat nearby.

You can visit the four abbeys by car, or if you’re a keen walker, try the Borders Abbeys Way – a circular walk route covering 107 km.

Kelso Abbey

This was once one of the most affluent Abbeys in Scotland.  However, being close to the border, unfortunately it was Read More >

Dryburgh Abbey

Dryburgh Abbey Spend some time discovering Dryburgh Abbey, a mediaeval ruin by the River Tweed and famously the burial place Read More >

Jedburgh Abbey

Jedburgh Abbey is one of the great abbeys established in the Scottish Borders in the 1100s.  It took more than Read More >

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey, considered as one of the finest examples of medieval architecture, was so loved by Robert The Bruce, that Read More >