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Roxburghshire – Town destroyed, but the county lives on
Roxburghshire is a county in the south east of Scotland and borders Dumfries, Selkirk and Berwick, and the English counties of Cumbria and Northumberland.
Roxburgh was an important trading burgh in the past, and during the Middle Ages was equal to Edinburgh, Stirling and Perth in importance. This was mainly due to very fertile areas of land, its position upon the River Tweed (for transporting goods) and its position as a military defence.
During the Scottish Wars of Independence Roxburgh changed hands many times (between the Scots and English), but on the last occasion the town and castle were destroyed (1460). All that remains of the town are some ruined segments of castle ramparts. A small village located near the site of the old town now has its name.
Reasons to visit Roxburghshire
There are many places of historic interest to see in Roxburghshire such as: Hermitage Castle in Hawick, which was built around 1240 and said to be haunted by De Soulis (who may have built the castle). Melrose Abbey is believed to have a box buried there that contains the heart of Robert the Bruce. Abbotsford House was the home to Sir Walter Scott (the famed Scottish poet and author). Trimontium Heritage Centre houses local artifacts, artistic renditions, and interpretations of how things may have been in the 1st century. Jedforest Deer and Farm Park is ideal for families with animals and play areas.
Other places include Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum, Harmony Garden in Melrose and Dryburgh Abbey.
Entertainment and Dining in Roxburghshire
The Wynd theatre in Melrose caters for live performances of all disciplines, including touring groups, light classical, dance, folk and blues, and even big bands. Restaurants include The Old Forge in Hawick (International food) and the Jedburgh Woollen Mill Restaurant in Jedburgh.
Accommodation in Roxburghshire
For hotels you may like the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel in Melrose with its swimming pool and award-winning restaurant or maybe Mansfield House Hotel in Hawick. Other accommodation includes Guest Houses, apartments and camping areas.