We left early on Sunday for a tour of Melrose Abbey, Rosslyn Chapel and the Scottish borders. It was a breezy cool sunny day, perfect for traveling. We stopped at Scott’s View which provides a panoramic view over the Tweed valley, river, and Eildon hills. The wind had picked up when we arrived at this spot. We later took a hike out to the Wallace monument.
Sir Walter Scott’s favorite view
The River Tweed
The Wallace Monument
Of the three areas we visited, Melrose Abbey was my favorite. Melrose was founded in the 12th century by Cistercians. There is a quietness and serenity about the place that lingers long after you leave.
Inside the Abbey
Robert the Bruce’s heart which was brought back from the cusades is buried here. Parts of Robert the Bruce’s body are buried in different parts of Scotland.
On arrival at Rosslyn chapel in the Scottish village of Roslin, we discovered we could only take pictures outside of the chapel.
The chapel was unique because of the strange marks and pictures on the sandstone columns which had the carvers’ signs such as farmers’ implements. The church had knight templars names on the walls and floors , and there were knights buried in crypts under the stone floors of the church. The lecture given about the history of the chapel, and the movie The Da Vinci Code was good. They had a nice visitor center, but the no picture rule was a disappointment especially since the admission fee is over $20.
I can’t think of a more beautiful or tranquil setting as this section of Scotland. After tea we headed back to Edinburgh.