From the lovely Mainstreet Trading Company, Main Street, St Boswells (bookshop cafe and deli), this for seasoned walkers, will be an easy hike along a beautiful stretch of the River Tweed.
We started at the cafe with a coffee and a light snack. The route soon veered off Main Street and took us down to St Boswells golf course. For any golfers amongst you, it is worth bringing your clubs for a quick 9-holes on another day. The course is unique in that it is set on a narrow tract of land hugging the river bank – so a straight ball is the order of the day.
Take care as you walk the course and there is a path along the fence to the right of the fairway.
Heading off the golf course the Tweed meaders to the right and we passed anglers fishing for salmon along the bank.
Mertoun Bridge took us across the river at the B6404. Immediately after crossing the bridge we turned left and after a short climb we descended and returned down the opposite river bank.
At Dryburgh we briefly left the river, where we spent time looking around the Dryburgh Abbey and the at an interesting attractive monument called the “Temple of the Muses”.
We then crossed a swing bridge back across the Tweed towards St Boswells. We finished the loop back at The Mainstreet Trading Company, the deli is well worth a visit.
Scott's View and the William Wallace statue
Whilst in the area we drove around the B6356 stopping at Scott’s View and then the William Wallace statue. It was the perfect end to the day and we enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the Eildon Hills and a panorama of our hike.