The Eildon Hills are the most distinctive single landmark in the Scottish Borders. The iconic triple peaks were once a volcano, an iron age fort, and a Roman signal station for the nearby camp Trimontium, 'Place of the Three Hills'.At the Eildons' feet in the valley of the River Tweed lies Melrose, birthplace of the game of Rugby Sevens in 1883. The game spread worldwide, and today the Rugby Sevens World Cup trophy is called the Melrose Cup in recognition.
Melrose also boasts The Wynd Theatre, Harmony House, and the annual Borders Book Festival.
The area around Melrose has been inhabited for thousands of years. Melrose's 12th century abbey, once the richest in Scotland, is the burial place of a casked reputedly carrying the heart of King Robert the Bruce. The 68 mile walk and cycle route, the Borders Abbey Way, links the four great ruined Borders Abbeys in Kelso, Jedburgh, Melrose and Dryburgh. Melrose is also the start of St Cuthbert's Way, a 62 mile walk to Holy Island.