Want to visit a place close to Robert the Bruce’s heart? Literally? Melrose Abbey is the perfect location to visit as this is where he chose his heart to be buried! The Abbey is a beautiful ruin and used to be a very desirable place to be laid to rest.
The Abbey’s close proximity to the border made the building a target for the English during the middle ages and this led to Abbey’s reconstruction in the 1380s! The building was used as an abbey until 1560 and afterwards was populated by monks until 1590.
When visiting the Abbey you can expect to see and admire the beautiful architecture of Abbey’s church, and if you are lucky you might spot the famous bagpipe-playing pig!
Or why not check out the chapter house? Where a heart believed to belong to Robert the Bruce is buried.
While you are at the Abbey, take a 2-minute walk through the grounds and set foot in the Commendator’s House Museum where you can discover a plethora of medieval objects and exhibitions!