Nestled at the foot of the Eildon Hills, by the banks of the famous River Tweed, Melrose is one of the loveliest of all the Border towns. It’s an engaging mix of small, eclectic shops and dignified Georgian and Victorian houses. The town also has one of the most famous ruins in Scotland, Melrose Abbey, where the heart of Robert the Bruce was buried, at his request, after The Crusades. The lead casket, believed to contain the heart, now takes pride of place in the abbey museum. Next to the abbey is the NTS-owned, Priorwood Garden, where plants are specifically grown for dried flower arrangements.
Melrose is also a great location for walking and is the starting point for the St Cuthbert’s Way, a 60 mile walk which finishes at Lindesfarne (Holy Island). The Southern Upland Way also passes through the town.
Marmions Brasserie is located a stone’s throw from the abbey, and as Melrose is a small town, the shops, theatre, River Tweed and other major attractions are all within easy walking distance. Parking for Marmions Brasserie is also relatively easy with the main town car park adjacent to the Brasserie. It’s a Pay and Display car park from April to end of October until 5pm. During the Winter season it is free to park. There is also plenty of on-street parking nearby, especially in the evenings.