Why Choose Melrose?

Why Choose Melrose?


At the foot of the triple peaks of the Eildon Hills, nestled in the valley of the Tweed, lies the picturesque town of Melrose. This small, perfectly formed ancient town boasts magnificent red sandstone buildings and two walled gardens in the centre of town.

Visitors to Melrose are drawn by a range of attractions. Best known is Melrose Abbey, lying north east to the town centre. The abbey dates to 1136 and was largely destroyed in 1386 by Richard II’s English army. The current remains of the church date to the early 15th century and are unsurpassed in Scotland for their elegance and acts as a dramatic backdrop to the town.  When you visit, keep an eye out for the unusual sculptures—including a bagpipe playing pig! —on the exterior. It is also believed that the heart of Robert The Bruce is buried at Melrose Abbey.

Did you know that the Melrose was the birthplace of Rugby 7s? For one week each year, Melrose becomes the world centre of seven-a-side rugby. The Melrose Sevens have taken place in the second week of April since 1882 and teams come from all over the country to place.

Melrose is proud to have a wide range of fabulous independent shops. You will find local food suppliers including bakers, butchers, fishmongers, and greengrocers who sell the best of Borders and Scottish produce alongside a range of unique gift and craft shops to treat yourself, family or friends and bespoke boutiques selling clothes and shoes.

As for personal favourites, you can often find me sipping on a coffee at Abbey Fine Wines, a wine shop which also doubles as a great little café. Or if the weather’s hot (or even when it’s not), Simply Delicious do… well… simply delicious ice cream! As for lunch and dinner, I’d recommend checking out the cosy setting and sumptuous menu at Burts Hotel in the heart of the town. Or if I’m feeling a little more adventurous, a 10mins walk down through Melrose, across a chain bridge over the river, lies the Hoebridge. This family run restaurant has a great menu that offers local produce and a seasonal menu and changes each month.

There is no shortage of things to see and do in Melrose and with its excellent connections to Edinburgh, you can live in a picturesque Borders town and work in the big city, too. If you are thinking about letting or renting a property in Melrose, please get in touch with Hugh Rettie.