Welcome to Melrose and Melrose Living
Melrose Living is an online hub celebrating all that’s best about living in Melrose and the Scottish Borders. Whether you live, work, or just visiting the area, you’ll find lots of insider tips about where to eat, shop, and explore. Melrose Living also has news and stories about what’s happening in and around Melrose.
Melrose in the heart of the Scottish Borders
Melrose is a small, pretty town on the River Tweed, with a spectacular abbey and lovely setting at the foot of the Eildon Hills. It’s surrounded by picturesque villages and home to the world-famous Rugby Sevens, with cultural highlights including Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford House and the Borders Book Festival. With plenty of great small shops and eateries, it’s a definite draw for visitors!
Take a look at what we’re proud of in this beautiful Borders town, and send us news about the places and people you want to shout about.
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Enjoy June & July in Melrose…
Whether it is a choir you want to join, a concert to go to or a theatre performance you want to enjoy, June and July in the Scottish Borders has it all. The weather is just beginning to warm up, and the display of blooms in the towns are at their best, with gardens and town centres vying various horticultural awards. However, the Common Riding events, that take place in June throughout Scottish Borders, hails the magnificence of ancient traditions and makes a visit to the Borders worthwhile this month. The Melrose Common riding takes place on Monday 19th June.
The Common Riding dates back to the 13 and 14th centuries, when, in an effort between waring families to prevail, there was a continual battle for control of the land around the borders as well as a constant plundering of livestock (known as Reiving). It became a custom that a leading towns person would ride the clan’s boundaries or ‘marches’ to prevent the encroachment of neighbours for this purpose and a proud tradition emerged. Today, the Common Riding events uphold local legend for show, with each town making the most of this ancient tradition, selecting key representatives, and celebrating with an impressive, week-long series of events.
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Iain Loudon and David Wallace, both keen art enthusiasts, have established this high-quality Art Gallery offering an eclectic mix of original art and gifts for sale, including paintings, ceramics, pottery, wood carving, designer jewellery and hand-blown glass pieces.
Gift items such as prints, cards, candles, handbags, purses, quaichs and other items are also available.
Make sure when you are next in Melrose, that you make time to pop into The Gallery Melrose and have a browse.
The Scottish Borders is rich in history and along with the many historic houses and buildings, the region has four magnificent ruined abbeys to explore.
The other three abbeys are located in Dryburgh (6.8miles), Kelso (14.2miles) and Jedburgh (13.2miles). All are within driving distance from Melrose. More information on the abbeys can be found under the tourism section.
Melrose is just over an hour from Edinburgh and can be reached by car using either the A68 which goes through Melrose and Lauder or the A7 through Galashiels and Stow.
If you’re looking to explore the city for a day, watch a show or see the world renowned Edinburgh Military Tattoo then you can get the bus, drive or walk to Tweedbank as it is a short distance. The Borders Waverley train to Edinburgh runs every half hour throughout the day with the last train leaving Edinburgh just before midnight.
Visiting Scott’s View
Scott’s View is a stunning viewpoint that looks out onto the River Tweed and the Eildon Hills. This viewpoint was one of Sir Walter Scott’s favourite places to come.
If you are a tourist or someone that has never visited Scott’s View before, then we highly recommend it as it is truly breath-taking.
Scott’s View can be accessed via Melrose or St Boswells. Parking is available at the viewpoint.
Finding your way around Melrose Living…
If you live or work in Melrose or the surrounding area then check out the ‘My Melrose’, ‘Young People’ and ‘Business’ sections from the top menu bar.
These three sections of the Melrose Living website contain information and articles for the local community, local businesses as well as for young people in the area.
The main menu bar provides links to shops and local businesses, hotels and restaurants, events and places to visit as well as the ‘Magazine’ sections that contains features and articles. All these sections of Melrose Living are there for everyone living and working in the area as well as for those visiting Melrose either for the day or longer.
Melrose Living would love to hear from you…
If you would like to get in touch with us at Melrose Living to promote an event, discuss a local issue or if you want to get involved then email: email@example.com
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Throughout 2017 the site will be under constant development – some sections are still to be populated with information and businesses.