Melrose

[Melrose High Street]

Melrose is one of those places where history and scenery converge spectacularly to create an enchanting destination. This is one of Scotland's most charming settlements and more proof that the country's best parts certainly aren't all in the Highlands. The town boasts a list of tourist sites unsurpassed in the Scottish Borders, ranging from a magnificent ruined abbey and Roman heritage to exquisite gardens and excellent local walks. And the locals seem to know how lucky they are: twice during our last wander up the short High Street we were stopped by people extolling the virtues of their home town. The wealth of attractions gives Melrose a capacity to absorb huge numbers of visitors, but the town centre has a pleasantly bustling feel in high season.

[Melrose Abbey (photo from the next day)]

Name: Melrose ★★☆☆
Location: G.R.: NT 548340 / visa places dignify

[Trimontium Museum (photo from the next day)]

Within walking distance

Name: Trimontium Museum ☆☆☆
Description: Old-fashioned treasure trove of a museum describing the area's Roman heritage, with dozens of locally-discovered artefacts; its name echoes that of the nearby Roman Fort and translates as three hills, referring to the Eildon Hills rising above the town.
Location: Market Square, Melrose centre, G.R.: NT 547340 / flock marble hexes
Open (2017): Daily, early April to late October; by request, rest of year
Cost (2017): £2 (adults), £1 (children)

>> see separate post for Harmony Garden ★★☆☆☆
>> see Melrose Abbey post for Melrose Abbey ★★★; Commendator's House Museum ☆☆☆
>> see separate post for Melrose Abbey Gardens ☆☆☆
>> see separate post for Priorwood Garden ☆☆☆
>> see separate post for Walk: An eroding Eildon trio ★★☆

[Melrose Abbey gardens (photo from the next day)]

Nearby

>> see separate post for Rhymer's Stone ☆☆☆☆ (1 mile away)
>> see separate post for Abbotsford ★★★☆ (2 miles away)
>> see separate post for Leaderfoot Viaduct ☆☆☆ (2 miles away)
>> see separate post for Scott's View ☆☆☆ (3 miles away)

[Chain Bridge over the Tweed (photo from the next day)]

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