Melrose, Scottish Borders

Melrose, Scottish Borders

This evening, I am focusing on the town of Melrose in the Scottish Borders.

View of Melrose, Scotland

View of Melrose, Scotland

 

Melrose is popular with visitors with main attraction being the ruined Abbey located in centre of the town. In regard to the Abbey:

  • It was founded by Cistercian monks in the 12th century under the auspices of King David I.
  • Damaged by English troops in 1322 and 1385.
  • Rendered a ruin by the ‘rough wooing’ policies of England’s King Henry VIII in 1545 with denouement being the Scottish Reformation of 1560.
  • Here, in 1920, was found buried the heart of King Robert the Bruce of Scotland ( 1274-1329).

Melrose Abbey, Scottish Borders

Other facets and attractions of Melrose and environs:

  • Roman connection: Close by is the Trimontium Roman Fort which was garrisoned until the late 2nd century AD. Allied to this is the Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre in Melrose.
  • Harmony House and Garden: A heritage centre adjacent to the abbey and opersated by Scotland’s National Trust.
  • Abbotsford: A mansion and visitor attraction being the former home of famous Scottish romantic novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott.

    Garden at Abbotsford House, Scotland

    Garden at Abbotsford House, Scotland

Melrose Rugby Club: A leading rugby union club founded 1877 and home to the ‘Rugby Sevens’.

  • Numerous hotels, guest houses and B&Bs plus restaurants.
  • Melrose is on the line of the Southern Upland Way hiking trail.
  • Proximity to the other Border Abbeys: Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Kelso.
  • Scott’s View, Bemersyde.

    Scott's View, Bemersyde, Scotland

    Scott’s View, Bemersyde, Scotland

Melrose is usually a ‘must’ in my tours of the Scottish Borders.

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