Scotland’s Melrose Abbey

Scotland’s Melrose Abbey

About an hour’s drive south from Edinburgh is the fabulous remnants of Melrose Abbey.  I visited there briefly one afternoon.  What a treat!

A Little History

The Scottish king, David I, founded the abbey in 1136 as a Cistercian monastery.  These monks, like the Benedictines, followed the Rule of St. Benedict, which called for

Abbotsford House-Melrose, Scotland

Abbotsford House-Melrose, Scotland

When I was young Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe was required reading, something which didn’t appeal to most of us.  Of course, I survived that tale and Scott’s other romantic efforts.  As an adult, I was ready to visit Scott’s home, Abbotsford.  What I didn’t expect was