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Dryburgh Abbey

St. Boswells TD6 0RQ, Scotland
+44 1835 822381
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Beautiful spot

Visited late afternoon when the sun was about to set and the colors were perfect - both the red... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Peaceful, rural abbey

We enjoyed photographing this beautiful ruin in the countryside. It took a little effort to get... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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First established in 1150, Dryburgh Abbey became the premier house in Scotland of the Premonstratensian order and today continues to have a peaceful atmosphere. Despite having been set on fire three times, the chapter house features paintwork that dates back to its construction and today boasts some of the best Gothic architecture in Scotland. These graceful ruins became the burial place of David Eskrine, 11th Earl of Buchan in 1829, and three years later his friend Sir Walter Scott was also buried here.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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St. Boswells TD6 0RQ, Scotland
+44 1835 822381
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited late afternoon when the sun was about to set and the colors were perfect - both the red stone of the abbey and the autumn trees. Very informative boards about the abbey and its inhabitants and good exhibition of the stonework. Helpful staff, thoroughly...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed photographing this beautiful ruin in the countryside. It took a little effort to get there because it is on some back roads, but well worth the effort. It was almost like a park with many large trees, plenty of grass and very peaceful....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

probably one of the most attractive Borders abbeys. The burial place of Field Marshal Haig and Sir Walter Scott. Good signs around the site and some fascinating bits of history, well presented. Staff on site were very friendly and welcoming very peaceful

Thank CM_Farnham
Reviewed October 15, 2017 via mobile

Beautifully serene and off the beaten track. We spent a lovely autumn afternoon here and our 2 year old had a great time exploring.

Thank crbowles
Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

Stunning location and well worth a visit even if this requires a detour. We combined with a stay at the Abbey Hotel and had a really relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Thank David M
Reviewed October 11, 2017

Compared to the other border abbeys this one is a larger site and offers more to look at. It offers great views of the surrounding area.

Thank LadyMothwing
Reviewed October 1, 2017

Worth spending an hour or two in this lovely setting especially on an Autumn sunny morning. So peaceful.

Thank Partner226
Reviewed September 19, 2017

Pleasant and peaceful. There is not much to see but what is left of the Abbey is good Architecture. There is a fee to enter. They have a free car park.

Thank Valerie T
Reviewed September 18, 2017

I have visited MANY abbey ruins, and this is my favorite. Although a ruin, there is a lot left. It had to have been massive. It is so peaceful. So special. I did not want to leave.

Thank Marietta S
Reviewed September 16, 2017

We had never visited this abbey before and we almost didn't again having already seen Melrose Abbey today. I am so glad we made the effort. This is everything Melrose isn't - peaceful, contemplative and detached. The site is at the end of a narrow...More

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March 5, 2015|
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Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Good Morning Eleanor, Thank you for your enquiry. From Edinburgh you can get a bus to Melrose & then public transport available from Melrose to St Boswell Bus Stance. It is then a 10min walk to the abbey. I would advise... More