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A Day Out To Melrose, Scottish Borders

A Day Out To Melrose

A few weeks ago my husband and I took a wee day trip out to Melrose. Our new house is situated in the perfect location for exploring, we are just south of Edinburgh so handy for exploring the city but also we have an easy getaway down to the Scottish Borders, which is somewhere I’ll be honest I haven’t spent much time.

Melrose High Street

We firstly went to Galashiels which is quite a big town and is quite good for shops which we have since worked out so worth a visit if you are in the area and shopping, is your thing.

It was a gloriously beautiful Sunday in Melrose, it was quite busy with a lot of cyclists descending on the town. It was a perfect cycling day, dry, sunny but with a nice cooling breeze. I sound like I know what I’m talking about right? I once did a charity 26-mile cycle and have never ridden my bike since! We started off going for a walk around the town; Melrose is a historic town and this is reflected in the architecture. I loved how there were a lot of independent shops on the high street, although as it was a Sunday many of them were closed.

History in Melrose

Melrose Abbey, Melrose - A Day Out in Melrose

Melrose is probably most famous for its Abbey. Google tells me that this Abbey dates back to the 12th Century. I didn’t go to the Abbey but I do remember learning about the Abbey at school as that is where they buried Robert the Bruce’s heart (the rest of his body is in my hometown of Dunfermline). I kind of love this story that he wanted his heart sent to the Holy Land and they got to Melrose and were like that’ll do. You do have to pay to go around the Abbey but you can see with from three sides without paying.

Things to Do in Melrose

Melrose Abbey, Melrose - A Day Out in Melrose

We instead walked down the road a bit and went to the Harmony Gardens. These are National Trust gardens, there are actually two National Trust gardens in the area. If you’ve been reading my previous posts you may remember I have turned a bit of a gardening nerd. This garden was goals. They had an amazing fruit and vegetable patch that put my wee one to shame. Alan Titchmarsh started somewhere too right? (Sidenote – are there any other famous gardeners? I can only think of Titchmarsh but he’s a bit of a dated reference. Maybe there’s a gap in the market?) The Harmony Gardens are perfect for a wee walk around, perhaps even a picnic if you’re organised. You can see from my pictures you get great views across to the Abbey from here too.

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Harmony Garden, Melrose - A Day Out in Melrose
I got a little bit into taking pictures of bees.

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Eating in Melrose

After the garden we decided to grab some lunch, we were drawn into the Greenhouse Cafe as it had outdoor seating and ‘looked nice’. My husband opted for the burger, he always seems to eat burgers wherever we go, that’s his thing. He said it was delicious and the rosemary chips that came with it were amazing! I opted for the Parsnip and Apple soup, soups more my thing. I love soup, except Lentil. The soup was delicious although I did have to send it back to be heated up a bit, I think that was me being fussy though and the waitress was happy to do so.

Soup at Greenhouse Cafe, Melrose Burger at Greenhouse Cafe, Melrose

All in all, Melrose was a lovely wee town, perfect for a wee drive and a walk around there is lots to do and see there and around the local area. It is where the Rugby 7’s began and so I will be keeping an eye out for a rugby tournament coming up. If you haven’t yet been to Melrose put it on your to do list. You can read more here.

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