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- In retrospect, I should have gone to Melrose first as it was a fairly easy and very lovely walk from The Waverley Hotel and did not take long to see Melrose Abbey as the main building was under renovation. I need to go back ! Melrose town has a few decent pubs ideal for lunch after the Abbey. In the grounds of the Abbey, it is generally agreed the heart of Robert The Bruce is buried. Research and evidence suggest this is true but cannot guarantee.
The good news is that there is a mini bus between Melrose and Abbotsford. You pay what you deem to be appropriate. You need to check at the Abbey or in Sir Walter Scott's House for times.
Abbotsford is the home of Sir Walter Scott. A house full of history and culture with a most excellent team of volunteers to guide you on your way around. Suggest this is MUCH better visited than read about in a review. A lot bigger than I was expecting. Sadly, the weather stopped me seeing the beautiful gardens.
Everything positive you read about Abbottsford is true, only BETTER ! lol As always, don't tak my word ..... See fo yourself.Written 29 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Visiting the Abbey was a very enjoyable experience. Sadly parts are falling down so you can't go into it but you can see inside well enough from a safe distance.
There is a separate museum (no extra cost) which is excellent. So much to see and absolutely fascinating for adults and children. It's well worth a go visit to the Abbey.Written 4 December 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The best views of the Eildon Hills is from Scott's View, on the other side of the valley. It's a great place for a picnic on a nice day too.Written 1 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This spectacular disused railway viaduct stands 126 ft above the bed of the Tweed valley, and was opened in November 1863 carrying the Berwickshire Railway. There are 19 slender brickwork spans of 43 ft arches, and the engineers were Charles Jopp & Messrs Wylie & Peddie. Freight trains were still using the bridge route until 1965 . At a later point it was earmarked for demolition, but thankfully it was saved by being awarded a grade A listed status in 1986, and was restored by Historic Scotland, who now are it’s caretakers.
There are superb views from the parapet of the Drygrange Old Bridge, and even on a dull day it’s worth a stop-off point.Written 13 November 2022
- My sister and I have just returned from 4 days walking the 62 mile St Cuthbert's Way. The variety of unspoilt scenery through woodland and pastures, alongside rivers and across hills with blooming heather, the peace and solitude and the good August weather made for a great trip. The route is well waymarked and we had OS maps and a guidebook for backup. One of the highlights was walking the pilgrim's route across the sands to Holy Island rather than on the very busy causeway road (information is available online on how to do this safely) then spending a night on the island which takes on a whole different feel when the day visitors have left. We would highly recommend all of it.Written 23 August 2021
- The garden is just across the road from the abbey exit and well worth a walk around - it would be especially lovely in summer.Written 29 October 2021
- This is a very lovely museum, its quite small but very well laid out, The volunteers/members of staff are extremely helpful, the lady who I spoke to explained how far away Trimotium is from where Melrose is. Lots of interesting items that they found and I thought the films they put on where very interesting about the finds and history of the old Roman fortWritten 23 October 2022
- Visited today whilst in Melrose. The garden felt rather neglected although I appreciate this is part of managing for wildlife! It was a good time to visit for garden produce and we did purchase some of the unusual heritage apples. I think what disappointed most was that I remembered Priorwood as being somewhere that specialised in growing cut flowers for drying but it seems this part of the garden's history no longer exists, there being just a few annual helichrysums about as a reminder. Its a pity as it would have given Priorwood that touch of individuality which it now lacks.Written 13 September 2022
- Fine selection of truly local and interesting art - worth looking in to see if anything matches your taste.Written 19 May 2022
- I have given this 4 stars but can easily understand why some people would rate it 1. If you have an interest in True Thomas it is a must, if not, it's not really worth a visit. The main problem is that the stone was originally placed in 1929 at the site of the Eildon Tree, but relocated in 1970. It does not explain where the original site was or indeed why it was relocated, so it's site here is of little relevance. Also curious to know why the road here is gated and no longer used by traffic, it does however provide a nice safe and quiet walk.Written 24 May 2019
- Great loop and lovely abbeys and scenery along the way. It is very hilly and as I'm not a regular cyclist I found it very challenging. Great day though.Written 13 June 2016
- Don't waste your time.It is never open. Previous review completely misleading. Appears permanently closed.Written 27 January 2020
- Fab service. Bikes delivered and collected from our front door. Good instruction. Reliable bikes. Cycled over 50k in Scottish Borders and still plenty of battery power remaining. So enjoyable able to tackle and hill with ease. Will definitely be using againWritten 18 April 2022
- There's a variety of lovely walks along and around the Tweed Valley near Melrose and some of them are part of longer distance walks such as The Southern Uplands Way. Start from the Chain Bridge and take your pick. Be aware of the laws in Scotland where Free-To-Roam is prevalent, unlike England, so that even OS maps don't show much in the way of public rights of way. It's better to buy a local guide leaflet or booklet.Written 1 November 2022
- We were given a very warm welcome when we ate there a couple of nights ago. The food, the wine and the service was of a high standard. We also went on to listen to a young local band in the hall behind the restaurant. It was so good to hear some live music. We would certainly visit again if in Melrose and would recommend this delightful restaurant.Written 20 July 2021
Frequently Asked Questions about Melrose
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- Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders & Abbotsford House from Edinburgh
- Private Rosslyn Chapel and Melrose Abbey Luxury Day Trip
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