MELROSE TOWN GUIDE
Melrose Town a small Scottish Borders town with a population of just under 2300 on south side of River Tweed. 4 miles East of Galashiels and just over a mile from Newton St Boswells and St Boswells. Melrose Abbey 12c.
The triple peaks of the Eildon Hills are the most distinctive single landmark in the Borders. At their feet in the valley of the River Tweed lies Melrose.
The ruined Abbey which dates from 1136 is believed, following a series of archaeological digs, to be the final resting place of Robert the Bruce's heart. The Melrose Abbey, (pictured right), is also the starting point for St Cuthbert's Way, a 100km cross border walking route. Adjacent Priorwood Garden specialises in plants suitable for dried flower arranging with an apple orchard walk and picnic area. The Trimontium Exhibition gives an insight into the Romans in Scotland, and Teddy Melrose, Scotland's first teddy bear museum, also has a new Arts Centre. Three miles west on the banks of the Tweed is Sir Walter Scott's romantic mansion of Abbotsford.
A way-marked route leads to the summit of the Eildon Hills and for the more experienced walker, the Southern Upland Way passes through the town on its 212 mile coast to coast journey. On the opposite bank of the Tweed, Gattonside can be reached by foot by a sturdy suspension bridge. To the south lies Lilliesleat another charming little village set amidst farmland.
Four miles south is St Boswells, a village with a spacious tree-lined green. Nearby, Mertoun offers 20 acres of scenic gardens. Dryburgh Abbey lies in a secluded, peaceful setting by the River Tweed and a woodland walk leads to the massive 22 foot high sandstone statue of William Wallace.
The Town Square in Melrose or as some of us say, the Town triangle, is a lovely quaint little town and is beautiful perserved. Visitors to the town can enjoy free parking; local publications include a town plan, mini-guide and countryside walks. Local points of interest include Dryburgh Abbey, Melrose Abbey, Abbotsford House, Martin Gallery, Harmony House Garden, Teddy Melrose Teddy Bear Museum, Trimontium Exhibition and Mertoun Gardens. You would really just love to sit and relax in the town square and watch everyday life pass by, it is that relaxing.
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