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Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

Abbotsford House

Description: This is the house built and lived in by Sir Walter Scott, novelist and author of timeless classics. The house has a fine collection of historic relics, weapons and armour, and a large library of rare volumes. Ownership: Abbotsford Trust Limited is a registered charity. Scottish Charity No SCO37425 Situation – OS ref: NT 518342 How to get there: By car: Lies between Me...
Type: Historical-Buildings

Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

Bowden Kirk

Description: The monks of Kelso Abbey founded the church at Bowden around 1128, although only some fragments in the west gable and north wall survive from this original structure. The original church was a rectangular building to which transepts were added in the 15th century. The church has been remodelled at least twice since then, the last in 1909, and, while the exterior still bears a feel...
Type: Archaeological-Sites

Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

The Darnick Walk, Melrose

This short walk, on the flat, around the village of Darnick, close to Melrose, takes about forty minutes, and includes the old village and the bank of the Tweed. Ideal for a pleasant summer's afternoon. Visit the The Darnick Walk website Places to Stay in Melrose...
Type: Walking

Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

Dryburgh Abbey

Description: These picturesque and remarkably complete ruins of the Abbey founded in the 12th century and destroyed in 1322, 1385 and finally in 1544, belonged to the monks of the Premonstratensian Order. It is the last resting place of Sir Walter Scott and Earl Haig, the World War 1 Field Marshal. Ownership: In the care of Historic Scotland. 5 star grading Situation – OS ref: NT 5...
Type: Abbeys

Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

Harmony Garden

Description: A peaceful and sheltered garden offering herbaceous and mixed borders, lawns, vegetable and fruit areas. Outstanding spring bulbs. Fine views of the Abbey and the Eildon Hills. Please note that the house is NOT open to the public. Ownership: National Trust for Scotland Situation: In the town of Melrose. OS ref: NT 548343 How to get there: By car: Within the t...
Type: Gardens

Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

Littledean Tower

Description: Littledean Tower, near Ploughlands Farm, Maxton was formerly a very important defended house, for many years the home of the Kers of Littledean, a branch of the Kers of Cessford. It makes use of the unusual site which it commands with the River Tweed on the north side and a burn to the east. The west end was built in the form of a half-moon and the east an oblong square – overall i...
Type: Archaeological-Sites

Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

Melrose Abbey

Description: One of the four great Border Abbeys built during the 12th century. Home of the Cistercian Order in the reign of David I. Originally very plain, when it was rebuilt in the 15th century, it became very ornate. Much still standing. Reputed to be the burial place of the heart of Robert the Bruce. The Commendator’s House close by houses artefacts and carvings which have been found ov...
Type: Abbeys

Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

Melrose Town Trail

This walk takes you round the town of Melrose in the Scottish Borders. The town is steeped in history, and you will find items of interest round every corner. Visit the Melrose Town Trail website Places to Stay in Melrose...
Type: Walking

Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

St Cuthbert's Way

This 62 ˝ mile / 100km walk links the two religious sites of Melrose Abbey and Lindisfarne Priory. Visit the St Cuthbert's Way website Places to Stay in Melrose...
Type: Walking

Skirmish Field, Melrose

Description: An area of water meadow across which runs the Southern Upland Way. This site saw a battle in July 1526, when Sir Walter Scott of Branxholm tried unsuccessfully to rescue the young King James V from the dominance of the Earl of Angus with his Ker and Home allies. In the ensuing rout, Scott lost eighty men and the victors lost Ker of Cessford. Ownership: Private land but open r...
Type: Archaeological-Sites

Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

The Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre

Description: Modern exhibition on the life of the Scottish Roman Frontier. Artefacts, models, panels, replicas etc. New attraction is the reconstruction of the Roman soldier’s head. Ownership: Trimontium Trust Situation – OS ref: NT 547339 How to get there: By car: In Melrose Square. Car parking nearby (some Free, some Pay & Display) By public transport: Regular bus service...
Type: Museums

Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

Trimontium Roman Fort

Description: The most important Roman military complex between Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall guarded and secured the crossing of the Tweed at Newstead in the 2nd century AD. Excavations have revealed some of what was going on there, but much has still to be done. Helpful boards and viewing platforms. Guided walks arranged throughout the summer months. Ownership: Open access to t...
Type: Archaeological-Sites

Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

The Trimontium Roman/Mediaeval Walk

Description: Walk to the most important Roman military complex between Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall which guarded and secured the crossing of the Tweed at Newstead in the 2nd century AD. Excavations have revealed some of what was going on there, but much has still to be done. Helpful boards and viewing platforms. Guided walks arranged throughout the summer months. Ownership: Op...
Type: Walking

Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

Eildon Hill North

Description: The summit of Eildon North Hill is crowned by the largest hillfort in Scotland. Built in the 10th century BC, this fortified site contains platforms for nearly 300 huts and may have served as a focus for periodic gatherings by the scattered hill communities. When the Romans arrived in the Borders in the late 1st century AD, they built a watch tower on the summit of the hill and th...
Type: Archaeological-Sites

Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

The Eildons Walk, Melrose

This walk, starting in Melrose will take you up the Eildon Hills, then down to Newstead Village and back to Melrose. The climbs are quite steep, and sensible footwear is a must. Visit The Eildons Walk website Places to Stay in Melrose...
Type: Walking

Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

Priorwood Garden & Dried Flower Shop

Description: A garden with extensive and glorious herbaceous borders which are the source of the flowers which are dried on the premises. Visitors can learn the craft of dried flower arranging, and browse among the unique range of dried flowers. They can purchase all they need to do their own arrangements, or relax in the orchard with its collection of historic apple varieties. Ownership: ...
Type: Gardens

Scottish Borders Melrose