The picturesque town of Melrose is near to the triple peaks of the Eildon Hills, one of the Scottish Borders’ most distinctive landmarks.
Melrose Abbey dates back to 1136. Melrose is halfway between the Northumberland National Park and Edinburgh – a perfect place to enjoy the transition from England to Scotland and take in the breathtaking Borders scenery and hospitality.
Visit Melrose for visitor information about the many visitor attractions, castles, abbeys, whisky tours and distilleries, gardens, and outdoor activities such as climbing, walking, cycling, fishing, bird-watching and golf.
The Waverley Castle Hotel is a great base from which to explore the surrounding area including:
Visit this wonderful display in springtime to see it at its best, or return in June for the Borders Book Festival with four fun-filled days of discussions, talks, comedy, live music and hospitality.
Melrose Rugby Club
This is rugby country, with a number of famous clubs such as Galashiels, Selkirk, Kelso and of course Melrose. There’s always a warm welcome at Melrose RFC and an entertaining match to watch, and the walls of the clubhouse are decorated with some of the 30 Scotland players who have played here.
This former monastery dating to 1136 is famous for the legend that Robert the Bruce’s heart was buried in the church soon after he died. Stunning architecture and also to hear the famous bagpipe-playing Melrose Pig.
Trimontium Heritage Centre
A great selection of local art, intricate models and detailed maps. Take a ride on the Newstead Charger or explore the blacksmith’s workshop, the Roman kitchen, the pottery, and watch film about Hadrian’s and Antonine’s Walls.
Abbotsford The Home of Sir Walter Scott
Built some 200 years ago on the banks of the River Tweed, marvel at the artefacts and items that inspired Sir Walter Scott to write his famous novels and poems.
Galashiels Golf Club
A friendly, welcoming atmosphere, a lovely 18-hole course, and the opportunity to take in the stunning Borders countryside.
One of the most beautiful of the many Border Abbeys, the ruins of this 12th century abbey are surrounded by beautiful grounds.
Take a trip to Edinburgh to explore the Medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town. Immerse yourself in the incredible atmosphere as you wander amongst neoclassical buildings and stunning gardens. Don’t miss out on a trip to Arthur’s Seat while you’re there!
Northumberland National Park
Spanning an incredible 1,050 square kilometres, Northumberland National Park is one of the country’s real hidden gems. This beautiful park has so much space to explore, and it’s perfect if you’re looking to get back to nature for the day.
Kielderhead National Nature Reserve
Outdoor enthusiasts will love a trip to Kielderhead National Nature Reserve. Just 45 miles from Waverley Castle Hotel, this nature reserve is home to a plethora of wildlife, including beautiful birds and small mammals. Enjoy a day out in this relaxing nature reserve and see what you can find.