Melrose sits in the centre of the Scottish Border country. It was founded as a Roman fort to guard the banks of the River Tweed, and later gained prominence as a result of its Cistercian Abbey whose ruins still dominate the town. The hostel, a former Georgian mansion, overlooks the Abbey and provides great facilities and warm welcome. The Abbey is also the starting point for St. Cuthbert's Way cross-Border walking route which finishes on Lindisfarne, Holy Island. Popular with cyclists and walkers as well as tourists.
Note Melrose is unable to accept entry into the hostel after 11pm.
Kings Arms Hotel - superb fresh and local food served all day; real ales a speciality
Ristorante Monte Cassino - this unique Italian restaurant is set in the old Melrose Railway Station providing an outstanding dining experience with a wonderful ambience.
'Braveheart' William Wallace - the first ever statue of Sir William Wallace, erected in 1814, stands about 10 metres high and depicts Scotland's national hero dressed in ancient Scottish armour Trimontium
An award-winning exhibition 'Daily Life on the Roman Frontier' gives an insight into the Romans in Scotland; also includes a guided walk from Melrose to Leaderfoot viaduct.
a wondrous Victorian railway viaduct; now disused, it once carried the North British Railway's 'Waverley Line' running between Edinburgh and Carlisle Scotts View - the favourite view of Sir Walter Scott, some 90 metres above a huge loop in the River Tweed; as complete a picture of Borders country as can be seen anywhere.
Abbotsford House - built and lived in by Sir Walter Scott it contains his library and collection of historic relics .
The Wynd Theatre - a small theatre of only 70 seats, but offering drama, folk music, film, poetry and blues.