Widely regarded as the 'Jewel of the Borders', Melrose is a beautiful town situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders.
The name Melrose is derived from a Cumbric (an early form of Welsh) word for Melrose and means "bare moor" or "bare promontory".
Shielded by the triple peaks of the Eildon Hills and bordered by the River Tweed, it's a picture-postcard location where visitors and locals alike can enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of the Borders. Being surrounded by such stunning countryside, it's no wonder this town really takes pride in its appearance.
Melrose has a lot to offer. The River Tweed is famous worldwide for salmon fishing, producing more fish on the fly than any other river in The United Kingdom, hence why it attracts keen anglers from all over the world.
Melrose is also a word synonymous with the game of rugby and is home to the world renowned Rugby Sevens tournament first played here in 1883. The Melrose Sevens tournament is held every April, and is part of the Kings of the Sevens competition that attracts teams from as far afield as Japan, Hong Hong, Uruguay and South Africa. Since Ned Haig first suggested the tournament back in 1883, Melrose has consistently produced many top class international rugby players.
This busy and popular town retains a relaxed pace of life that really allows you to enjoy all that's on offer. Pop in to one of the cafes and you'll notice that no ones in a rush to leave. It's a welcoming feeling that fills you with an immediate sense of belonging and a feeling that says 'come back and see us'.
There's an array of quality, independent shops with everything from florists and antique shops to crafts and pet stores - each one unique to the town. It's a welcome treat in this day of supermarkets chains and shopping centres to immerse in the quaintness and gentility of local shopping with the owners on hand to offer the personal touch.
Surviving through the centuries this is a place where the roots of a fascinating and enigmatic history still hold firm throughout the town. The Melrose Town Trail has been set up by Scottish Borders Council and Scottish Borders Tourist Board to welcome visitors to Melrose and assist them in discovering the town's past. It provides an added dimension of local history and a flavour of the town's development through time. Starting opposite the famous Melrose Abbey, the trail is approximately 4km long and takes about 2 hours to complete.
Fascinating history can also be discovered close by with places like Abbotsford House Estate, the stunning birthplace of Sir Walter Scott.
With culture, charm and places of outstanding natural beauty on your doorstep, it's easy to see why buyers are choosing Melrose as their home.
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