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Day 3

Friday July 29

 A history Lesson

You continue your journey through history with a visit to Melrose Abbey

 The east end of Melrose Abbey was completed in 1146. Other buildings in the complex were added over the next 50 years. The abbey was built in the Gothic manner and in the form of a St. John's Cross. A considerable portion of the abbey is now in ruins. A structure dating from 1590 is maintained as a museum open to the public. Alexander II and other Scottish kings and nobles are buried at the abbey. A lead container believed to hold the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce was found in 1921 below the Chapter House site; it was found again in a 1998 excavation. This was documented in records of his death. The rest of his body is buried in Dunfermline Abbey.

Melrose Abbey

After your visit to Melrose, you will head back to the hotel. During the return you will have an opportunity to see the St Abbs Head Lighthouse, which has been in continuous operation since its original construction in 1820. Also along the return route is Prestopans. the site of Bonnie Prince Charlies first victory over the English in 1745.


The day concludes with dinner at the hotel. You may choose your time and dinner companions. Just let the concierge know your needs so that he can arrange seating at the Cast Iron Grille.