Bridges On The Tweed


"Kelso lies in the centre of the broad valley of the Lower Tweed, bordered on all sides by lush countryside, and occupying one of the most attractive situations of any Borders town."

The Buildings Of Scotland, Borders. Kitty Cruft, John Dunbar and Richard Fawcett. 2006.

From Coldstream the river runs southwest through farmland to the old town of Kelso with two bridges, one old, one new. From there it passes Mertoun Hall with its footbridge and then proceeds towards St Boswell's and Dryburgh with its ancient Abbey and footbridge, and then to Leaderfoot where three bridges lie close together to cross the Tweed; the new and old A68 road bridges and the old railway viaduct.

 Opening Dates of Present Bridges

Hunter's Bridge - 1998
Kelso Bridge - 1799
Mertoun House Footbridge - 1880
Mertoun Bridge - 1841
Dryburgh Footbridge - 1817
Drygrange Bridge - 1973
Drygrange Old Bridge - 1780
Leaderfoot Railway Viaduct - 1865

 Mertoun House

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