Melrose Abbey, Scottish Border

On the same day that we visited Abbotsford we managed to squeeze in a visit to the nearby town of Melrose, mainly to have a look at Melrose Abbey. As you can see – it’s another ruin.

Melrose Abbey Information Board

It was King David I who in 1136 asked Cistercian monks to found an abbey in Melrose.

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

Between Jack and myself we took loads of photos of the abbey and its surroundings.

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey Bell

One of the information boards told us to look out for the carving of a pig playing the bagpipes, and we found it, we had to hike up 72 steep and narrow steps of a spiral staircase to reach the very top of the abbey, and from there you can look down on the pig. Whoever designed the place had a sense of humour anyway.

Melrose Abbey Decoration  pig

As this abbey is situated in the Scottish Borders it got more than its fair share of attention from English invaders, including Edward II’s army and later Richard II’s army. Then Henry VIII had a go at it; given all that – it’s surprising there’s anything left of it at all!

8 thoughts on “Melrose Abbey, Scottish Border

  1. What a beautiful building – obviously strong enough to endure centuries and depredations, yet still gives an impression of grace and lightness.

    • Valerie,
      It is an interesting place to visit, especially on a nice bright day. There’s also a museum that you can visit to see some of the bits and pieces that have been dug up over the years.

  2. What a glorious day with cloudless blue skies you had for this visit! When abouts did you take these photos? The photos are spectacular, and so crystal-clear–fascinating. What a tour!

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