Visit this partly ruined monastery of the Cistercian order, the first of its kind in Scotland.
St Mary's Abbey in Melrose (also just called Melrose Abbey) is a partly ruined monastery of the Cistercian order, the first of its kind in Scotland. Melrose has been a monastic settlement since the 7th century, and the “new” abbey was built in the year 1136. The original structure was largely destroyed in the 14th century, and the surviving remains of the abbey seen today are from a restoration in the 15th century. The ruins make for a hauntingly beautiful sight, especially with moody clouds hanging low overhead or in a colourful autumn afternoon.View Scottish Borders