Dryburgh Abbey

This post is for the letter ‘D’ in Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday adventure and we’re off to Scotland!

Dryburgh Abbey is in the Scottish Border region on the banks of the River Tweed, not that far from the border with England. We stopped there on our way back from a super stay in Edinburgh. The Abbey, which is a ruin is nestled in the countryside that is so like that described in tourist magazines for those visiting Scotland. It is heather and hills and peace.

We visited just before Remembrance Day which was very appropriate as one of graves is that of Field Marshall Douglas Haig. Known in some histories of the First World War as ‘Butcher Haig’, it should also be remembered that he played a major part in the formation of the Royal British Legion which with it’s poppies is always in our thoughts during the autumn months.

Another grave nearby Haig is that of Sir Walter Scott, writer of Ivanhoe, Rob Roy and the Waverly novels. I remember studying his Heart of Midlothian as part of a course of 19th century literature when I was at college.

Walking around the ruin you can hear the monks chanting. I thought it was my imagination playing tricks but actually there was music. Historic Scotland,  an organisation similar to the National Trust in England looks after the property and has rigged the singing in the Chapter House which is really stunning.

Although a ruin, there is still a great deal to see as you wonder around and let your imagination take you back in time. Enjoy!


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