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Melrose Abbey

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Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

Just off Melrose's town square sit the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the four Borders abbeys. "If thou would'st view fair Melrose aright, go visit it in the pale moonlight," wrote Scott in The Lay of the Last Minstrel, and so many of his fans took the advice literally that a sleepless custodian begged him to rewrite the lines. Today the abbey is still impressive: a red-sandstone shell with slender windows, delicate tracery, and carved capitals, all carefully maintained. Among the carvings high on the roof is one of a bagpipe-playing pig. An audio tour is included in the admission price. The heart of Robert the Bruce is rumored to be buried here.

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Abbey St., Melrose, The Scottish Borders, TD6 9LG, Scotland

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  • £5.50

Published 05/04/2017


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