Joined: 27 Apr. 2001
From: Galashiels Selkirkshire United Kingdom
Here's a photo-journal of the AboutBritain.com trip to Jedburgh and the Scottish Borders:
The weather was grey and cloudy to begin with, but it brightened up later. We were just glad it wasn't raining - the weather was awful the week before.
Starting at Marie's hotel in Edinburgh, we drove down the A68 through some lovely scenic (and sometimes misty!) scenery to Jedburgh, our base for the morning.
It took about an hour and a half to get from Central Edinburgh to Jedburgh, where we parked in the main car park (no charge).
Our first port of call was Jedburgh Abbey:
The Abbey tour starts with a little museum showing the history of the place - here Marie and I are paying close attention:
The graceful architecture gives an opportunity for many interesting photos:
There was even a balcony to get a good view (with very steep spiral staircase to get up there!):
But the photo was worth it:
The tour of the Abbey included a free audio guide which you could borrow.
We recommend making use of the audio guide as it adds a lot to the tour, with lots of atmospheric music.
We spent about an hour and a half looking round the abbey.
Next was a walk through the centre of Jedburgh, and up the hill to the Castle and Jail (free admission). It took about 15 minutes to walk to the top of the hill, where we found the castle with its impressive entrance (and beautiful blossom on the trees):
Jedburgh Castle and Jail is split into two sections - one part showing what life was like in the old Jail, and the other showing local Jedburgh history. The local history part included a fascinating film about the Jedburgh game of HandBa' - a traditional ball game which involved one half of the town competing with the other half of the town for possession of the ball around the streets of Jedburgh! The Jail part includes dressing up clothes which children can wear to re-enact staying in the cells, with plenty of information about the prisoners, and the crimes they had committed to get there.
Here's Ian looking very at home in one of the old cells (the dressing up clothes wouldn't fit him!):
In the prisoners' exercise yard we set up a group photo opportunity - here are the master photographers at work:
The castle itself is very impressive with some lovely towers and castellations:
We spent about 45 minutes touring round the castle and jail. Just in time to stroll back down the hill into Jedburgh town centre for lunch.
We went to The Carters Rest pub/restaurant opposite the abbey for lunch, which was very good - Ian said that his Steak and Ale Pie was the best he had ever had! The rest of us had soup and baguette sandwiches, which were also very tasty. Here's Ian showing his appreciation of our lunch venue:
Refreshed after lunch we went for a short stroll to look round Mary Queen of Scots' House. A fascinating historic house which has displays over many floors telling the story of Mary Queen of Scots.
The house is situated in some beautiful immaculately-kept gardens, so we took the opportunity for another group photo:
We spent around an hour looking at the displays in the house and the gardens.
That was the end of our Jedburgh visit - the Abbey, the Castle & Jail, and Mary Queen of Scots' house - all interesting attractions.
The next part of our trip involved a half hour drive to a famous Borders viewpoint - Scott's View near Earlston, just off the A68. By now the weather had really improved - blue skies and warm sunshine, just in time for us to enjoy Scott's View.
It is said to have been one of Sir Walter Scott's favourite places in the Borders, and you can see why, especially on a lovely sunny afternoon. It is a beautiful spot - far reaching views over the Tweed Valley:
Of course we couldn't resist a group picture in front of such a brilliant view:
After admiring Scott's View for a while, we whisked Ian and Marie to AboutBritain.com Headquarters for afternoon tea and a walk in the woods. Then back up to Edinburgh taking a detour through some very beautiful scenery on the minor B709/B7007 roads between Innerleithen (past the golf course) and the A7, and then straight up the A7 into Edinburgh (still very scenic).
If you were following this tour as a day trip from Edinburgh, after admiring Scott's View, you could rejoin the A68 and carry on back up to Edinburgh the same way as you entered the Borders.
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