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Melrose

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Melrose is a small town and civil parish in the Scottish Borders, historically in Roxburghshire. It is in the Eildon committee area.EtymologyThe town's name is recorded in its earliest form as Mailros, 'the bare peninsula', referring to the original site of the monastery, recorded by Bede, in a bend of the river Tweed. The original monastery at Melrose is referred to in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle with the name Magilros.In the late Middle Ages, when the monastery had been re-founded in its present position, its name was symbolically represented by the visual pun of a mell and a rose .HistoryMelrose is the location of Melrose Abbey, re-founded for the Cistercian order by David I in the early 12th century, one of the most beautiful monastic ruins in Great Britain. It is the site of the burial of the heart of Scottish king Robert the Bruce. An excavation was led to find a sealed casket, but it was not opened, and it was actually discovered by high school students involved in the dig. The casket was placed in a sealed lead cylinder, and was then re-buried in the abbey back at its proper resting place. The remains of the Abbey are cared for by Historic Scotland (open all year; entrance charge).
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Architectural Building
Abbotsford House
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Ruin
Melrose Abbey
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Landmark
Eildon Hills
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Hiking Trail
St Cuthberts Way
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Church
Rosslyn Chapel Roslin
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Military Museum
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Wildlife Area
Scottish Seabird Centre North Berwick
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National Park
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Garden
Harmony Garden
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History Museum
Trimontium Museum Trust
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Historic Site
The Abbey Mill
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Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Melrose

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Art Gallery
The Gallery, Melrose
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Duration: 30 minutes

Trails in Melrose

Hiking Trail
Four Abbeys Cycle Route
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Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Melrose

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Priorwood Garden
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Duration: 1h 30 min

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