This year has already been the year of the road trip, inspired by our NC500 trip, we have embarked on many smaller road trips around Scotland. Last time I shared with you our road trip to Loch Lomond, Luss, and the Falls of Falloch. This time we went in the opposite direction down to the Borders. We drove past our hotel for the night, The Stair Arms, to first visit Melrose Abbey – the final resting place of the heart of Robert The Bruce. It was a dry day so we heaved ourselves to the top of the abbey to enjoy the view.
We paused for an ice cream (there’s a very nice little ice cream parlour across from the abbey) to gather strength for our next stop.
We stopped at the famous Scott’s View, the view overlooks the River Tweed and is believed to be Sir Walter’s Scott’s favourite.
We also took a moment to enjoy the Leaderfoot Viaduct.
We were a bit squeezed for time, but did manage a quick look at Dryburgh Abbey too. Less well known than Melrose, but well worth a visit – a nice place to enjoy a picnic, if you pick a nice day.
We arrived later than planned at the Stair Arms Hotel, a little wet and dishevelled. The welcome was warm and friendly though and we were quickly settled into our newly refurbished room.
The room was spacious and spotlessly clean with a large ensuite (including bath), a flatscreen TV, and a desk. I was pleased to see there was a proper kettle and the obligatory selection of tea and coffee. The toiletries in the bathroom were also decent quality.
As we’d arrived a bit later we headed to the restaurant fairly quickly where we enjoyed a three course meal (more on that later).
Despite there being a wedding on, we were unaffected by the noise, and slept soundly.
I was searching through my photos for breakfast shots, but I think I must have been hungry as I can’t find any. They do a traditional porridge with honey or whisky which we both had, and I recommend. There’s also a selection of other cooked to order dishes, and a selection of juice and cereal which is presented nicely on the bar for you to enjoy.
We had no complaints about our room or the service, we enjoyed a very pleasant evening there and would stay again.