THINKING OF MOVING TO MELROSE?
Melrose is a treasure in the heart of Scottish Borders. It has a TD6 postcode as do the villages of Bowden, Darnick, Gattonside, Lilliesleaf, Maxton, Newtown St Boswells, Newstead, St Boswells and the surrounding countryside.
Here’s what we like about the TD6 area.
A sought-after lifestyle location in the Borders
There is much to love about the Selkirkshire town of Melrose. Set in the lee of the • Eildon Hills of • Ancient Folklore and on the banks of the River Tweed it is a special place with ancient history, traditional shops and great eating places. Borders General Hospital is just down the road and there are good transport links to Edinburgh.
Almost 2,000 years of History
Trimontium Roman Fort complex at Newstead, near Melrose was built around 80AD. Over a millennium later Melrose Abbey was founded in 1136, and the town of Melrose grew up on its present site around it. A previous, and by then long abandoned, 6th century monastery associated with St Cuthbert had been at nearby “Old Melrose“. The nearby ruins of Dryburgh Abbey can still be seen.
Places to Stay around Melrose
You are spoiled for choice if you want to stay for a few days to get a feel for the place. In town are: Burts Hotel • The Townhouse Hotel • The Barn @ The Coach House • The Station Hotel and • The King’s Arms Hotel. Nearby are the • Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, • Broomfields Country House, • Bowden House B&B and • The Ghillie Bed and Breakfast. Lovely St Boswells Village has • The Buccleuch Arms and • Clint Lodge
Places to Eat
Fine Dining Restaurants in Melrose include • Monte Cassino Italian Restaurant, • Marmion’s Brasserie and • Provender as well as hotels: • Burts Hotel • The Townhouse Hotel and the nearby • Buccleuch Arms. A little out of town are: • The Hoebridge, • Seasons and • Hunter’s Stables. For Daytime Eateries try: • The Greenhouse Cafe and • Ochiltree’s Dining at Abbotsford
Some ‘Rare-finds’ in TD6
• Priorwood Gardens and • Harmony Garden are delightful to visit in season. Sir Walter Scott’s home of • Abbotsford is world famous and kids love the Donkey Sanctuary. The • Trimontium Museum is in town and Melrose has more than it’s fair share of independent retailers • which you can see here . Nearby St Boswells has a great • Bookshop and Cafe and a traditional • Gun Shop. In Newtown St Boswells • Tweedside Gallery does Picture Framing and • Milestone Garden Centre has everything for the green-fingered. • Merlin Music Academy offer musical tuition for a variety of instruments.
Sports and ActivitiesMelrosians are passionate about Rugby (there are five pitches in town) and • Melrose RFC at Greenyards has a new 3G pitch. Melrose is the traditional home of • Sevens’s Rugby. There is also a • Tennis Club, • Cricket Club, a • Nine-hole Golf Course at Melrose and an 18 hole course at • St Boswells Golf Club . For walkers there are several • walks around Melrose and suggested routes around • Old Melrose and • Bowden and also • St. Boswells, • Lilliesleaf and • Maxton. • St Cuthbert’s Way and • Border’s Abbey Way walks are longer staged walks that include • Melrose and Dryburgh Abbeys.
Events and Activities
• Melrose Sevens is renowned world wide. • Melrose Walking Festival is in May. • Borders Book Festival in June attracts great speakers and crowds. The Common Riding is known as Melrose Festival Week and also takes place in June. • Pick Strawberries in July near St Boswells where the • Gypsy Fair is also held in July • Abbotsford has • Charity Garden Openings. • Merlin Music Academy run a Summer School.
Practical Stuff• Melrose Primary School is within the sought-after • Earlston High School catchment area of • Scottish Borders Council schools. • St. Mary’s School is an independent, co-educational day and boarding preparatory school for ages 2 to 13 years. There is a • Library in town. • Eildon Medical has practices in Melrose and Newtown St Boswells and • Borders General Hospital is just out of town at Huntleyburn.Super Stores such as • B&Q, • Matalan, • Currys PC World, • Tesco and • Asda, and Named Brands including • Boots, • Clarks and • Marks & Spencers among others can be found in Galashiels. The A7 and A68 Trunk Roads to Edinburgh are both easily accessible. • Trains to Edinburgh are hourly from • Tweedbank where there is ample free parking. • Edinburgh Airport is less than an hours’ drive away
Here are some links to articles with photographs: • About St Boswells. This video of • St Boswells Golf Club shows the beauty of the Tweed Valley in this area. About • Dryburgh Abbey. About • Newtown St Boswells,