Dryhope Tower

Dryhope Tower
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Dryhope Tower

A ruined tower-house in the SW Scottish Borders, Dryhope Tower lies in the Yarrow Valley, a half-mile (1 km) northeast of St Mary's Loch and 8½ miles (14 km) southwest of Innerleithen. Once comprising four storeys, the oblong tower included a vaulted basement together with vaulted hall on the first floor which was reached by a turnpike stair. Dryhope Tower was a property of the Scott family and home to Mary Scott, the Flower of Yarrow, who married Walter Scott of Harden in 1576. The tower suffered following the Scott's involvement in treachery against James VI in 1592 but was rebuilt by 1613. It had fallen from use as a Scott residence by the late 17th century. The tower passed to the Buccleuchs and is now the property of the Philiphaugh Estate Trust.

The tower once had a courtyard with ancillary buildings all enclosed by a curtain wall.

Dryhope has been subject to remedial works in a project led by the Philiphaugh Estate and the Tweed Forum to prevent collapse of its vaulted roof (2003).

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