The magnificent Leaderfoot Viaduct near Melrose
Site of the Roman Fort, Trimontium, near Melrose
Market Square and the mercat cross, Melrose
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When walking in the countryside I often dream of pies, big juicy mutton pies. It's possibly a blood-sugar/energy thing. Or maybe it's a sheep thing. There are certainly plenty of sheep in the Melrose area and, like my imagined pies, they're also very big. Big and fluffy. On the Southern Upland Way near Melrose there was a sheep that was so big that it got blown away on a wind and ended up floating around in the sky. I could see it up there, coasting slowly by, occasionally blotting out the sun. That said, I may have been mistaken. It could have been a cloud. Sheep and clouds have certain similarities, in that both are often white and fluffy. But, I suppose, now that I really chew it over, you rarely see a sheep in the sky, and all things considered, it probably was a cloud. If it wasn't a cloud then an exceedingly large airborne sheep peed on my head.
Melrose is one of the most beautiful little towns in the Scottish Borders. Three major long-distance paths march through the town: Southern Upland Way, Borders Abbeys Way and St Cuthbert's Way, all glorious countryside treks.
And, of course, Melrose is not just renowned for its walks and spectacular scenery. It is also a pie-lover's dream. The butchers, Millers of Melrose, make a mouth-watering selection of pies on the premises, their range including such delights as a 'Black Pudding & Coarse Mashed Potato' pie with a 'Honey & Whisky Glaze'. Now THAT'S a pie.
LEADERFOOT VIADUCT, BY MELROSE
SITE OF ROMAN FORT AT MELROSE
MARKET SQUARE, MELROSE
How to
GET THERE
You can get a bus to Melrose from Edinburgh (over 2 hours). Better to get a bus to Leaderfoot, and walk 2 miles on the old road under the viaduct.
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