The market town of Melrose is at the foot of the Eildon Hills, an area once occupied by the Romans and named Trimontium (“Place of the Three Hills”).
The town’s famous abbey was founded in 1136 and contains a casket believed to hold the heart of Robert the Bruce.
Melrose is also the birthplace of Rugby Sevens, which were first played in 1883.
Today, the town is a major tourist magnet with an attractive mix of shops and boutiques selling local goods and produce. Sir Walter Scott’s home, Abbotsford House, is three miles to the west of the town on the banks of the River Tweed.