A Brief Guide To Melrose

A Brief Guide To Melrose

A Brief Guide To Melrose

Melrose is a beautiful town with a long and interesting history. Located in the picturesque Scottish Borders, it is a place closely linked with Robert the Bruce after a casket allegedly containing his heart was discovered. It was reburied at Melrose Abbey and a commemorative stone tablet was erected.

The Abbey itself is worth a visit to see the intricate stonework, even though it is now a ruin. It dates back to around 1136.

Melrose has many cafes, pubs and restaurants to satisfy any hungry appetite. There are also lots of independent boutiques and gift shops for those looking to indulge in a little retail therapy! The town is easy to explore on foot as the town centre itself is compact.

The scenery around Melrose is breath-taking, including the majestic Eildon Hills and the area was inhabited by the Romans who built a significant fort in the area called Trimontium (‘Place of Three Hills’).

More about Roman life in Melrose can be found in the Trimontium Museum which is dedicated to Roman history in Scotland.

A visit to Melrose is incomplete without a trip to Abbotsford, the home of one of Scotland’s most prolific writers, Sir Walter Scott.

The grounds of the house are beautiful and will satisfy any keen gardener. In fact, Melrose is blessed with lots of lovely gardens to visit, including Priorwood and Harmony Gardens.

Priorwood, owned by the National Trust, has an apple orchard, containing many unusual and historic varieties of apple and Harmony Gardens is a picturesque walled garden, located near the Abbey, for a gentle stroll.

Of course, any talk of Melrose must include the famous Rugby Sevens, a tournament that takes place each spring, dating back to 1883. The tournament attracts teams from around the world and is a sight to behold.

Located in the borders, Melrose can be reached by road from Edinburgh or Glasgow in just over an hour, but coach and bus services also connect Melrose to major UK towns and cities.

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