The image top is of Melrose Market Square
and Market Cross.
Burts Hotel is
at the Market Square and George &
Abbotsford Hotel a few blocks down the High
Museum of Roman Scotland is at the Market
Square giving information on the Romans that
occupied the area from 80 AD, with their fort
about 2 miles east along the banks of the River
Tweed. The Museum provides guided walks to
Trimontium on Thursday afternoons in summer.
Abbey Street leads from the Market Square
downhill to Melrose Abbey. Just before the
Abbey is Priorwood
Garden with 70 heritage varieties of Apple
Trees, and a David Annand bronze Dove
By Priorwood Garden and the entrance to the
Abbey is a large Car Park with Diners and Map
of the Town.
Melrose Abbey is famous for being the
burial place of the heart of King Robert the
Bruce. There is a small round Plaque on the
north side of the Abbey showing where his heart
The Abbey was founded in 1136 by King David
I. King Robert was buried at Dunfermline Abbey in 1329 with his
heart cut out to be taken on a Crusade. After
the return of his heart from the Crusade, it
was buried at Melrose Abbey.
The Commendator's House Museum is across the
road from the Abbey with your entrance ticket
to the Abbey covering the Museum as well, not
to be missed.
is a short walk down Abbey Street. Harmony
hosts the Borders Book Festival in June each
year. The House was built in 1807 for Robert
Waugh, a local from Melrose who made his
fortune in Jamaica from a Plantation worked by
Slaves. Harmony House and Garden were gifted to
the National Trust for Scotland in 1996.