Melrose is a Scottish borders town on the River Tweed. The town is built on the site of an old monastery and, later, a Cistercian abbey. Nowadays, Melrose is an exciting market town that’s steeped in history and packed with charm. Its streets are packed with quaint cafés and boutique restaurants. People travel from far and wide to Melrose to enjoy a varied and interesting list of annual events.
Just north of the border with England, it is within one hour’s drive of Edinburgh and a short distance from the coastal trail and some quaint fishing villages. One of the most popular attractions is the remnants of Melrose Abbey. The abbey is the final resting place of the heart of Robert the Bruce. It is a fine example of late 1300s religious architecture, and was the second Cistercian Monastery on the site. It was an abbey until 1560 when the last monks died after the Protestant Reformation of 1530. Whilst you’re there keep an eye out for the bizarre yet charming bagpipe-playing pig of Melrose (it’s a sculpture).