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Eildon Hills

Three hills near the Border town of Melrose, formed by the remnants of plutonic rock from the end of the Devonian system. According to tradition, recounted by, among others, James Hogg in The Three Perils of Man, the Eildon Hills were originally one unbroken hill which was twisted into three parts by the astrologer Michael Scott. The area is rich in literary association and the view of the hills from the road which leads from abbotsford to Dryburgh Abbey was reputed to be Sir Walter Scott's favourite. Thomas Of Erceldoune is supposed to have met the Queen of Elfland 'down by the Eildon tree'. In the neighbouring Melrose Abbey, a Cistercian foundation of 1136, lies buried the heart of Robert I (Robert the Bruce), and it is also one of the reputed burial places of Michael

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