Sunday, 17 May 2020


Abbey St Bathans

Abbey St Bathans is a small village in the Scottish Borders. It is situated in a steep wooded valley of the Whiteadder Water in the Lammermuir Hills. The nearest town is Duns about 7.5 miles away. The village stretches out along the banks of the Whiteadder Water which is crossed by a footbridge to a woodland path forming part of the Southern Upland Way. The woodland path is a lovely riverside walk leading to a ford where you can admire the tranquility of the river and surrounding countryside.

Whiteadder Water

Whiteadder Water

The Kirk of Lammermuir sits peacefully by the river. Although it is no longer used for services it is open to the public. It is believed that in the late 500's St Bathan, a follower of St Columba established a tiny chapel near the river. In about 1200 the site was home to a Cistercian priory of 12 nuns, founded by Ada, Countess of Dunbar. The priory consisted of a small church and a few other buildings. Unfortunately it was largely destroyed by English troops in 1543 and after the Reformation much of the remains of the buildings were used for village buildings and field walls. However, the priory church was repaired  in the 17th century and became the parish church.

Kirk Of Lammermuir

Kirk of Lammermuir

Abbey St Bathans is a delightful little village tucked away in the river valley. It is a quiet reflective place to sit or stroll by the river listening to the birds and watching the odd horse and rider trott down to the river.

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