Our first stop of the day was Scott's View, a nice viewpoint overlooking the Tweed Valley. This was a favourite resting stop of the famous writer Sir Walter Scott, and it is said that during his funeral procession, which led past the viewpoint, his horse stopped as it was the habit.The three-peaked hill you can see is Eildon Hill, there is a statue...more
Melrose Abbey is no doubt the biggest attraction of the town of Melrose, and rightly so... It simply is spectacular! I did not know what to expect of the ruin, but when I arrived, I was fascinated by it. The reddish colour looked so different to what I had seen before, and the abbey seemed so majestic and old. Wandering around, I did not know where...more
I must admit that I have a bit of an obsession with Robert the Bruce. Robert the Bruce is just waaaaay cooler than William Wallace - in fact it was him who gained independence for Scotland. Wallace opened the doors, but it was Bruce who finally did it. The Braveheart film does not do him justice at all, presenting him as a weakling who can't stand...more
Behind the main complex of the abbey, there is a pretty building that once was the commendator's house. You need to walk through a small gate to get there. The building now houses a small museum showcasing all kinds of objects connected to the abbey, mainly finds like carvings and ornamentations made of stone. There are also several everyday...more
I was about to leave Melrose Abbey, when I suddenly discovered that it was possible to climb the tower of the abbey, too! I was pressed for time, but still I decided not to miss this and climbed up the steps. I am happy I did!You have a great view of the ruin from the tower, providing some new perspectives. You also get a good view of the cemetery...more
Melrose has a pretty market square like most country towns in the UK. The most prominent feature is the Mercat Cross in the centre of the square. At the top of the shaft you can see a unicorn, this means that Melrose was a royal town and supported the Scottish Royal Arms. The base of the Mercat Cross dates from the 19th century when it replaces an...more
It sure is picturesque, this place, the abbey and the gardens. But to call 5 or 3 pounds (per person!) entry fee 'there is a small contribution' made us reconsider: we rather have the preserves or a small bottle of liquor. Worth the stop over and making a few pictures through the gates, but far too expensive.more
Abbotsford is the house built and lived in by Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist, and author of timeless classics such as Waverley, Rob Roy, Ivanhoe and The Lady of the Lake. In 1811 Sir Walter bought the property which was to become Abbotsford, set in the heart of the Scottish Borders, on the banks of the River Tweed. The building of...more
There as been an abbey in Melrose since 650AD, but a structure on the present site dates back to the 12th C.Construction of the abbey buildings took around 50 years.In the 13th C the abbey was attacked by the English and many of the monks were killed.Much of the abbey was also destroyed.The rebuilding was much supported by Robert the Bruce, and his...more
26 Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PT, United Kingdom
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Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN, United Kingdom
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St. Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0RQ, United Kingdom
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Everybody knows about the National Wallace Monument in Stirling, but actually this one was the first one to be built - which does not mean that it is any prettier!It is located on the Bemersyde Estate, and was erected in 1814. The Bemersyde family were close friends of Sir Walter Scott and therefore erected this statue on the grounds of their...more
The Roman Heritage Centre is located close to the market square and showcases Roman artifacts that were found in this region, as well as some other things, for example from the bronze age. When I entered the building, nobody was there and the different rooms were closed, so I just had a look around the corridor where there were some small exhibits...more
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I visited Scotland in February, and I expected it to be very cold, with snow and stormy weather. Advise on VT confirmed this, and so I decided that I rather did not want to rely too much on public transport which could easily be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather conditions. On the other hand I wanted to get out of Edinburgh and, during my ten days in Scotland, wanted to see as much of the country as possible and to get a good impression of its different landscapes. I already knew that one day I would go back and visit places like Inverness, the Isle of Skye and other places in the north, so I rather saw this trip as an introduction to Scotland, but still I wanted to get as many impressions as possible.
To make a long story short: What I needed were some guided tours!
I googled and found Rabbies, a tour company providing day trips from Edinburgh. I was fascinated by their itineraries and by their attitude and policy in general, and so I decided to book some tours with them.
In the end, the weather was great during my trip, with hardly any rain and no snow at all, but I am still happy that I did the tours with Rabbies. The itineraries were very good, and the three different guides I got to know all did a great job. I think if you don't have much time in Scotland, these tours are a good possibility to see parts you otherwise wouldn't visit. Of course you can't see much, but you can get at least an impression of the highlands, the castles and lochs. What I like about Rabbies is their professionalism and the fact that they are friendly and really care about their customers. They use small vans, so the groups are really small, and lunch is not included, so you can bring your own food if you want to, there is no need to spend a lot of money on an expensive lunch or waste your time in a restaurant if you rather want to be out exploring.
I absolutely recommend Rabbies, and I plan to return to Scotland and to take some of their multi days tours as well - visiting more places of the highlands as well as the Orkneys and the Hebrides is very high on my bucket list!
Melrose is included in their "Rosslyn Chapel & Scottish Borders" tour. Apart from Rosslyn Chapel I have put all the places we visited on that tour on this page. You can see the itinerary and the other details here. However, I must add that this tour was the weakest of the ones I did, mainly because I think that we did not have enough time in Melrose. I had brought a lunch, and so I managed to visit the abbey and stroll around the town within an hour, and later had my sandwich on the bus, but I did feel stressed. The others had lunch in a restaurant and I think they only had half an hour left for the abbey which really is not enough! So if you do decide to take this tour, please take your own lunch and expect to be in a hurry...