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  • 1 Melrose Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    st. Abbey GB - Melrose TD6 9LG

    The abbey was founded by Cistercian monks in 1136 on the irrigable, fertile plains alongside the River Tweed. After a period of prosperity and rebuilding by Robert the Bruce in the 14C, it met with the fate of most Scottish abbeys: secularisation and..

  • 2 Scott's View Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    B6361 GB - Melrose TD6

    This rural panorama, typical of the Borders, takes in, from the right, the Tweed Valley, with Melrose and Galashiels, the Eildon Hills, whose slopes descend to Newtown St Boswells, then Minto, Rubers and Black Laws. In the foreground stands Bemersyde..

  • 3 Abbotsford Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - Melrose TD6 9BQ

    Abbotsford was built by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), a romantic writer enamoured of Scotland, its landscapes and its mysterious past. He lived here for many years, gradually transforming the small farmhouse into a sumptuous home. The house contains ..

  • 4 Dryburgh Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    GB - Saint-Boswells TD6 0RQ

    The mellow red tones of the Dryburgh stone make this abbey one of the most attractive of the Border abbeys founded by David I of Scotland (1084-1153). The building was begun in 1150 but it was attacked several times by the English in the 1300s and wa..

  • 5 Melrose Rugby Heritage Centre

    Nature and gardens

    La Greenyards GB - Melrose TD6 9SA

    Founded in 1877, Melrose Rugby Club has since 1945 been one of the most successful in Scotland and is proud of having produced numerous international players. The game of Rugby Sevens, founded here by Ned Haig in 1883, has become popular globally; it..

  • 6 Trimontium

    Archaeological and historical sites

    st. High GB - Melrose TD6 9DE

    On the edge of the road, as you leave Newstead, stands a memorial marking the site of Trimontinum, the largest Roman fort in Scotland, built by Agricola in 1 AD on Dere Way.

  • 7 Priorwood Everlasting Flower Garden

    Nature and gardens

    Flower Shop GB - Melrose TD6 9PX

    Close to the abbey is a small garden, specialising in everlasting flowers. The wall running along the street has an attractive ironwork structure by Lutyens.

  • 8 High Street

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. High GB - Melrose TD6 9PA

    The street is lined with some attractive 18C buildings, near the Market Square and its 17C cross.

  • 9 Eildon Hills

    Nature and gardens

    A6091 GB - Melrose TD6

    The Eildon Hills, south of Melrose, are of volcanic origin and can be reached on foot. The peaks are a conspicuous landmark in the region. Eildon Hill North (404m) was successively an Iron Age hill fortress and Roman signal station, and now provides ..

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