Border Break 4: Tweed and Teviot

River Tweed near St Boswells

Several of the walks we took on our Borders break last year were along the banks of the rivers Tweed and Teviot.

St Boswells and the Tweed

This circular walk took us along both sides of the Tweed, crossing at Mertoun Bridge and crossing back at the pedestrian suspension bridge at Dryburgh. We circumnavigated the grounds of Dryburgh Abbey but, as I said in an earlier post, all the Borders abbeys were closed for maintenance at the time. Because there are so many trees, we couldn’t even glimpse the abbey from either bank.

Melrose and Abbotsford

Another circular walk along the Tweed between Melrose and Abbotsford, both of which featured in earlier posts. Here are a few of the riverside views.

Kelso and Roxburgh

Once again, a circular riverside walk, though this time the river is the Teviot. Starting in Kelso, the confluence of the Tweed and the Teviot, we followed the latter past the ruins of Roxburgh Castle, built by King David I sometime in the 1120s. Reaching the village of Roxburgh, we crossed the river on an old railway viaduct then followed the line back to Kelso. Along the way, we got glimpses of Floors Castle and the striking white farmhouse, Maisondieu, once a medieval hospice.

I’m linking this post to Jo’s Monday Walks. In my final Borders instalment, after a break for my end-of-month gallivanting post, there will be more walks, this time of a monumental nature.


  1. What a beautiful and historic walk. The Borders area really has it’s own character, I think. The Gardeners Cottages at Dryburgh look lovely, I’d quite fancy a nose inside!