"If thou would’st view fair Melrose aright..." Melrose by ettiewyn
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This is a line from Sir Walter Scott's The Lay of the Last Minstrel, and I found it fitting as a title, as there is no way you can escape Sir Walter Scott on this page! Sir Walter Scott, according to a book title "the man who made a country" - the man who, through his stories and books, shaped the idea and imagination the world has of Scotland up to this day. Even if you have not heard about Sir Walter Scott, you will have heard about the Braveheart movie which immortalised William Wallace, the Scottish fighter for independence - just in a wrong way.
You will meet them all when you come to Melrose: Sir Walter Scott at Scott's View, his favourite viewpoint - William Wallace at the Original Wallace Monument, a 19th century monstrosity - Robert the Bruce, the true Braveheart, at Melrose Abbey, where his heart was buried. Scotland is the land of stories, and sometimes they all meet!
However, the biggest attraction is still Melrose Abbey itself, described in the above poem by Sir Walter Scott, but a beautiful, impressive building even if you cut out all the stories. It is such a majestic ruin, and to my mind certainly a must visit if you travel around this part of Scotland. Melrose itself is a pleasant country town - I only had a quick look around, but enjoyed its calm atmosphere and my chat to the friendly lady working in the ticket office of the abbey. Of course you cannot really differentiate between Melrose the town and Melrose the abbey - the town lives of it, in the past when it was a ecclesiastical centre, and today because of tourism.
I only spent an hour here, but I think it would be a good base for a trip several days. There are more interesting places around, like Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott, and Dryburgh Abbey and Jedburgh Abbey, two more ruins.
- Pros:A fantastic ruin, a pleasant town, and interesting things in the surroundings
- Cons:Off season, the heritage centre is closed
- In a nutshell:A beautiful place where legend and history get intermingled...
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