Melrose is a historic town situated at the foot of the Eildon Hills in the valley of the Tweed, resulting in a picturesque setting that is perfect for relaxing short breaks and holidays. With settlements dating back to the time of the Romans Melrose has a rich past to draw on, and in modern times it has become the perfect base for a holiday spent exploring the Scottish Borders and surrounding regions.
Melrose Abbey is one of the major landmarks of the town - an impressive monastery that has partially ruined but still maintains many of the most decorative elements, including carved dragons and saints. While the beauty of the abbey would be enough for many, what makes it even more interesting as an attraction is that it is believed to be the site where Robert the Bruce’s heart was buried. A memorial plinth stands where the container is now buried in the grounds.
Melrose is also known for being home to two National Trust gardens, both of which have attractive displays that are a joy to behold. The first of these, Priorwood, features Scotland’s only dried flower collection, as well as its own orchard. Harmony Garden, on the other hand, is more of a walled garden with artistically-designed flower beds and with views towards the abbey and Eildon Hills.
If you’re feeling energetic then climbing the Eildon peaks is a worthwhile day out, with excellent views during the climb and once you’ve reach each of the summits. It’s from here that you can truly appreciate how striking the landscapes are, as on a clear day you can see for miles across the rural Borders Region. Melrose is on the Southern Upland Way, making your Melrose hotel an ideal base for long-distance walks.
A less strenuous way to burn off that energy would be to try one of the local golf courses. Melrose has its own golf club, situated at the foot of the Eildons, with nine challenging holes suited to any level of experience. Then there are the many clubs and courses situated within a short drive – Scotland isn’t short of variety when you’re looking for golfing facilities.
Melrose is a quaint and quiet town which serves visitors well if you’re looking for a calm and relaxing short break or a holiday away from it all. That the most popular attractions are gardens and a ruined abbey shows that you can look forward to a peaceful retreat with a stay at a Melrose hotel.