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Walking in Melrose

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Melrose Town Trail


The Melrose Town Trail has been set up by Scottish Borders Council and Scottish Borders Tourist Board. The aim is to welcome the visitor to Melrose and provide an added dimension of local history and a flavour of the town's development through time.

Melrose is situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders. The town is skirted by the River Tweed and sheltered by the triple peaks of the Eildon Hills. The name Melrose is derived from a Cumbric (an early form of Welsh) word for Moelros and means "bare moor" or "bare promontory". Melrose is in a perfect location for the visitor and local alike to enjoy the beauty and peace of the Borders. Although most of the buildings in the town date from more recent times, there are more than a few historical sites in the area for you to visit.

The Trail is approximately 4km (2.5 miles) long and takes about 2 hours to complete. The Trail starts and finishes at the Tourist Information Centre in Abbey House, situated opposite the Abbey.

In order to guide you, numbered plaques are sited along the route at specific points of interest and information relating to them can be found within these pages. Please note that many of the sites on the Trail are houses and you are requested to respect the privacy of the residents.

We hope that you enjoy walking around the Town Trail and that you will have a pleasant stay in the historic Burgh of Melrose.

Next: Abbey House

Melrose Town Trail