Mertoun House Gardens
Mertoun House Gardens
26 acres of grounds surround Mertoun House, built in 1703. Set within the walled garden is an even earlier 1677 house, now used as the gardeners cottage. Another historic highlight is a dovecote built in 1567. Mertoun stands beside River Tweed, in glorious Borders countryside near Melrose.
The Mertoun estate was once owned by the Halliburton family, who sold it to Sir William Scott about 1680. Sir William's grandson brought in architect Sir William Bruce to design a new and more fashionable house to replace the earlier 17th century manor. Novelist Sir Walter Scott was a relative of the Scotts of Mertoun and visited the house regularly.

Most of the garden was laid out in 1865, a process that entailed moving a village which stood in the way. The walled garden was then built to surround Old Mertoun House.

The gardens include specimen trees, probably planted when the house was built. There are colourful herbaceous borders, with azaleas and shrub roses in season. Trails wind through the garden, past an ornamental pond, to an arboretum and a walled kitchen garden, while lawns run down to the banks of the Tweed.

Since 1984 the gardens have been operated by the Mertoun Gardens Trust, established by the Duke of Sutherland.