Melrose

Scottish Borders | Town | ★★★

[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 large numbers of visitors, but the town centre has a pleasantly bustling feel in high season.

[Melrose Abbey (31/8/16)]

Location & info

📌 Melrose ★★★
Scottish Borders, G.R.: NT 548340 ///visa.places.dignify

🚶 This is a great place to explore on foot, with loads to do locally including excellent walks. Abbotsford can be reached by walking for a few miles along the River Tweed.
🚌 Bus connections are good, with routes from most Scottish Borders towns. The Borders railway line from Edinburgh teminates at Tweedbank, 1 mi distant (there's a bus connection or you could walk).
🚗 There's a pay and display car park in the centre, with free spots further away.



See & do (<1 mi away)

>> Harmony Garden ★★★
>> Melrose Abbey page: Melrose Abbey ★★★★; Commendator's House Museum ★★
>> Melrose Abbey Gardens ★★
>> Priorwood Garden ★★

📌 Trimontium Museum ★★
💬 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.
Market Square, Melrose town centre, G.R.: NT 547340 ///flock.marble.hexes
Open Monday to Saturday, early April to October (2019) | £2 adult / £1.50 child (2019)

>> Walk: An eroding Eildon trio ★★★★

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Rhymer's Stone (1 mi →)
>> Abbotsford ★★★★ (2 mi ←)
>> Leaderfoot Viaduct ★★ (2 mi →)
>> Scott's View ★★ (3 mi →)
>> Walk: Baa Baa Black Hill ★★★ (3 mi ↑)
>> William Wallace Statue (Dryburgh) (3 mi →)

[Trimontium Museum (31/8/16)]

[Melrose Abbey gardens (31/8/16)]

[Chain Bridge over the Tweed (31/8/16)]

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